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Ainsley Maitland-Niles seals loan switch to Southampton as Ralph Hasenhuttl greets deadline-day deal

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles seals the move to Southampton, while Ralph Hasenhuttl hails a deadline day deal for Arsenal youngster, including an option for Saints to buy him outright next summer

  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been loaned to Southampton for a season
  • The deal also includes an option to buy after the loan ends
  • Southampton bought the Arsenal Academy product on Thursday night
  • The club on the south coast will continue to buy young talent this summer

Southampton have completed the signing of Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal.

The versatile 25-year-old has secured his move to the south coast in a deal that includes an option for Southampton to buy as Arsenal look to relocate unwanted talent.

Maitland-Niles was eager to leave the Emirates this season with him not in Gunners boss Mikel Arteta’s plans following his side’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has completed his transfer from Arsenal to Southampton

The Arsenal midfielder's transfer includes an option for Southampton to buy the player

The Arsenal midfielder’s transfer includes an option for Southampton to buy the player

The midfielder was loaned to Jose Mourinho’s Roma last season, where he made 12 appearances for Serie A before returning to London.

Speaking about the move, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Ainsley is at a good point in his career, with a lot of experience already.

But he is also still a young player with potential and he is someone who can certainly help us.

Maitland-Niles was loaned to Roma last season before returning to London for pre-season

Maitland-Niles was loaned to Roma last season before returning to London for pre-season

“I think he’s a good fit for us and can develop his game even further during his time here.

He can also play in different positions, which is always a good thing, and I’m happy to welcome him to our roster.”

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