West Ham has been one of the busiest teams in the transfer market this summer, spending over £120 million and adding seven new players so far. They don’t seem to be finished just yet, though, as a second offer for Lucas Paqueta has been made.
Lyon rejected the Hammers’ initial offer, which was worth roughly £33 million, but Maitland-Niles of Arsenal is another player who has been linked with a move to David Moyes’ team.
The England international, according to Edwards, could head for the south coast, though.
“Maitland-Niles, what has he done with his career?” he questioned (8:10). I don’t want to seem patronising, but when he looks back on his career, he spent the early part of it at Arsenal not playing first team football and was loaned out to Ipswich, West Brom, and AS Roma. I’m a little older than these youngsters now and I have a little bit of life experience.
He has one year remaining on his contract and I believe there is still a really, really excellent player there, therefore he has to go and leave Arsenal. He definitely should have left a year ago, if not 24 months ago.
He has one year left on his contract; if he can get a loan move, I believe Southampton and Bournemouth are both interested, and I believe it’s more likely that he will end up at one of them. There is a lot of talent that has been developed to this point, and I don’t think I’ve been too harsh by saying that it has been wasted.
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SportEarly Opinions Regarding Maitland-Niles
In contrast to Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta, Maitland-Niles’ name and pedigree are unlikely to excite West Ham supporters, but Moyes would have benefited much from his adaptability and youth.
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It seems like a very wise transaction because the 24-year-old just has one year left on his contract and would contribute towards any teams’ homegrown quota they need to meet when registering their 25-man Premier League squad.
The fact that Maitland-Niles spent the second half of last season on loan at Roma, where he made just seven league starts, suggests that he may need to push for a permanent transfer this summer rather than a temporary one that would keep him thinking about an Arsenal future that isn’t likely to happen.