Newcastle enter into talks for loan signing, as Eddie Howe says all ‘major business done’

Ainsley Maitland-Niles Arsenal July 2022

Newcastle are reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a loan move for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, despite Eddie Howe suggesting their “major business” has been done.

Howe is hoping to be able to include his record signing Alexander Isak against Liverpool on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old Sweden international completed a £58m move from Real Sociedad on Friday. But he was in the stands during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves because his work permit had not been processed.

As Howe held his pre-match press conference on Tuesday morning, that situation remained unchanged.

Asked if Isak would be available, the 44-year-old replied: “We don’t know, we still don’t know and I still don’t know. I hope so, I desperately hope so. It would be great to see him involved for us, but we’re in the hands still of other people.

“We’re desperately hoping that gets done before the game, but there’s no guarantee as I sit here now.”

Asked if there was a cut-off point, Howe added: “I think it’s 75 minutes before kick-off. We don’t know, so it could go down to the wire. We’ll wait and see.”

But while Howe waits on Isak, 90mins claims Newcastle officials are working behind the scenes on a deal for Maitland-Niles.

The Magpies are searching for cover at right-back and the versatile Maitland-Niles is on their radar.

Emil Krafth has suffered an ACL injury that will sideline him for a few months. And Howe wants some cover, although at his press conference today he said there will be no big incoming deals.

We did leave the door open for loan signings though.

Newcastle not ‘totally closed off’

“I don’t expect to be to be honest. We’re very pleased with the business we’ve done,” said Howe.

“The injuries we have we believe to be short-term so there might be a bit of short-term pain around the squad. Longer term, when those bodies are back, we’re very strong.

“That’s not to say we’re totally closed off. We’re obviously still looking but I don’t expect any major business to be done.

Newcastle will have to fight off competition from Southampton and Bournemouth for Maitland-Niles, who does prefer to play in midfield.

He featured in midfield on loan at West Brom in 2020/21, while he spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie A side Roma.

He played a variety of positions in Serie A from right-back to left midfield and right midfield.

Maitland-Niles’ future under Mikel Arteta looks bleak. Despite injuries to Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Reiss Nelson and now Mohamed Elneny, he has not managed to make the Arsenal squad so far this season.

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