'There was interest': Ornstein suggests top four club looked at £35k-a-week Arsenal player in January

David Ornstein has suggested on The Ornstein and Chapman Podcast that an unnamed top four club showed interest in Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles before his loan switch to West Bromwich Albion.

Maitland-Niles’s future proved to be one of the key narratives on the final day of the window. The Athletic reported early on Monday that Leicester, Southampton and Newcastle were vying to take the 23-year-old on loan.

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Interestingly, The Athletic noted that West Brom’s hopes had been dashed. It was claimed that the Gunners did not want Maitland-Niles – who earns £35,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – moving to the Hawthorns.

Of course, the England international would end up joining the Baggies for the rest of the campaign. And judging by Ornstein’s latest comments on the Arsenal man, it appears that it was a real coup for Sam Allardyce’s side to get a deal done.

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“They weren’t the only team in the frame,” he told The Ornstein and Chapman Podcast. “There was interest from a top four club whose identity has never come out. I don’t actually know it so that’s why I haven’t been able to say.”

TBR View: Permanent bid would have been needed to tempt Arsenal to let Maitland-Niles join a top four side

It would appear that Ornstein is referring to a top four side from last season.

He went on to reaffirm that Leicester – who sit in the current top four – wanted Maitland-Niles. So it would seem that he is talking about another high-flying team.

That therefore, suggests that at least one of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea were keen on Maitland-Niles.

Of course, a loan would surely never appeal to Arsenal. It may not be the best look for Arteta’s men if they let Maitland-Niles join one of the division’s best teams and he goes on to shine.

But given that Arsenal were reportedly open to letting him leave in a loan that included an obligation to buy (via Athletic), perhaps a permanent bid may have been something the Gunners would have considered – regardless of where the offer came from.

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'There was interest': Ornstein suggests top four club looked at £35k-a-week Arsenal player in January