Wolves have seen their opening offer for Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles rejected, according to a report in the Metro.
Maitland-Niles is believed to be the subject of interest from a number of clubs after his Arsenal future became unclear.
Mikel Arteta is a fan of the 22-year-old, as proven by starting him in the FA Cup final success over Chelsea.
However, Gunners chiefs have placed him on the transfer list as they look to raise funds this summer. That led to the likes of Tottenham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace weighing up offers for the promising Englishman. Two German clubs are also understood to be keen.
But it’s Wolves who have made the first move, with Nuno Espirito Santo looking to add depth to his squad. A long-term injury to Jonny Otto has left him in need of reinforcements. In Maitland-Niles, he would be getting a player who has already played 100 senior games and won three FA Cups.
Their bid has been unsuccessful though, with the report stating that their offer of under £20million was not enough to persuade Arsenal into doing business.
Previous stories suggest that £20million is the minimum amount the Gunners want for Maitland-Niles.
Wolves are expected to return with an improved bid, with a four-year deal in the offing. They may have to act fast though, with bids from elsewhere thought to be imminent.
Roma willing to sell Arsenal target
In other news, Roma are willing to part ways with midfielder Amadou Diawara in the current transfer window.
The Guinean moved to the Stadio Olimpico last summer but injuries have halted his progress. Officials at the Italian side now appear to have lost confidence in the 23-year-old and are willing to cash in.
That could be a boost for Arsenal, who have been linked with the former Napoli man on several occasions.
It is claimed Roma would be willing to accept a cash sum or player swap in order to get him off their books.
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