Newcastle transfer news: Maitland-Niles wanted to join the Magpies
Newcastle transfer news: Maitland-Niles wanted to join the Magpies
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Newcastle transfer news: Maitland-Niles wanted to join the Magpies

Newcastle United wanted to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer, and the midfielder was reportedly keen on a move.

That’s according to the Telegraph, who claim that the 25-year-old wanted to join the Magpies on loan before the transfer window closed.

However, he would instead join Southampton on a temporary deal. And the Telegraph state that is because Arsenal did not want to loan out a player to a rival.

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While Newcastle were in a relegation battle for most of last season, Eddie Howe’s side are already considered a threat to the Premier League’s ‘big six’.

They are scared about what Newcastle are going to become, desperate to ensure the Magpies don’t take their seat at the top of the table.

It has resulted in the Toon owners not getting all the players they needed this summer, which was and is a real disappointment.

Maitland-Niles wanted Newcastle move and would’ve been a good signing

The Arsenal midfielder was far from the most exciting name linked with a move to St James’ Park this summer.

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However, with time running out and a few positions left to fill, Maitland-Niles actually would have been a great addition in black and white.

He can play centre-midfield, right-wing or even right-back – the three positions we were looking to improve in before last Thursday’s 11pm deadline. Maitland-Niles ticked all those boxes, and was also available.

However, Arsenal were happy for him to go to Southampton but not Newcastle. And that’s despite the fact the five-time England international wanted to move to Tyneside.

It’s further evidence of the big clubs trying to stop Newcastle becoming a force. And these rumours surfaced way before the takeover went through – some of the the top clubs were actually trying to stop it from happening.

But since Newcastle got new ownership, Howe’s side haven’t signed anyone from the traditional ‘big six’.

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Man United stopped Jesse Lingard joining in January. Arsenal have stopped Maitland-Niles coming to the North East. Chelsea didn’t want to send any of their underutilised players to Newcastle.

There is a clear desire from the ‘big six’ to stop Newcastle challenging them. But if anything, it’s a compliment. It comes from a place of fear. Fear that we could replace them and take their revenue from being one of the top clubs – nothing else.

These clubs weren’t willing to do Newcastle a favour, but that’s okay. We’ll manage without their help. But they should expect the same treatment from us in the future.