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Southampton are closing in on a loan deal to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal.It is understood that Southampton will also have the option to buy Maitland-Niles at the end of the 2022-23 season, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl looking to strengthen his squad before Thursday’s transfer window deadline.Maitland-Niles will have 12 months remaining on his contract in the summer of 2023.Southampton have been long admirers of Maitland-Niles and thought they were close to signing him in the January transfer window of 2021. Hasenhuttl wanted a versatile full-back that would be able to play on the left and right-hand side of the defence. It now looks like he has got his man.The 25-year-old has struggled to cement a place in Arsenal’s starting line-up since making his professional debut in 2014.

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