According to Mirror, Southampton and Watford are expected to take action on Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles next week.
What is the story?
Well, the future of the 23-year-old at Emirates Stadium is uncertain.
Maitland-Niles spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, where he sadly added a relegation to his resume.
Now the Gunners are hoping to raise money to spend in the transfer market, and their No.15 could be a victim of that desire.
Mikel Arteta wants Ben White from Brighton, while there has also been interest in James Maddison – two players who certainly won’t be cheap.
In fact, Arsenal plan to spend £ 250million this summer.
As a result, Southampton and Watford could receive an encouraging response when they take their respective action next week.
With Maitland-Niles potentially available, it can boil down to a direct bidding war between the two Premier League sides.
Will this news bring Crystal Palace to life?
Despite being currently managerless, Crystal Palace is also interesting to sign Maitland-Niles, according to Football London.
Sporting director Dougie Freedman reportedly inquired about the £ 35,000 per week man.
At the risk of losing ground to Southampton and Watford, it will be interesting to see if Freedman and Steve Parish continue this chase themselves.
Doing it without a manager at the helm is risky business, as Roy Hodgson’s replacement might not even want Maitland-Niles.
In our opinion, it is probably best to leave any new signatures until the arrival of a new manager.
If the 5 caps The England international is signed for a lot of money and then scrapped by whoever replaces Hodgson, it would be a disaster.