Southampton confirm loan signing of Maitland-Niles from Arsenal; Edozie joins from Man City for £10m

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Southampton bring in Maitland-Niles

Southampton have confirmed that Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined them on loan for the 2022/23 season from their Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The 25-year-old has played 132 times for the Gunners but he has fallen down the pecking order in recent years.

The Englishman had an unsuccessful spell on loan at Serie A side Roma towards the end of last season.

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Several Premier League clubs have been linked with Maitland-Niles in recent weeks. Southampton are understood to have beaten West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth to the signing.

It was reported earlier this week that the midfielder’s loan to the Saints will include an option to buy next summer. His contract at Arsenal expires in 2024.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Ainsley is at a good point in his career, with a lot of experience already, but he is also still a player with potential, and he is someone who can definitely help us.

“I think he fits well with us and can develop his game even further during his time here.

“He can also play in different positions, which is always a good thing, and I am pleased to welcome him as part of our squad.”

Southampton have also signed Manchester City winger Sam Edozie. He has joined them on a five-year deal for a fee potentially rising to £10m.

Hasenhuttl added: “Samuel is another promising young player who brings good attacking qualities to us, and he is someone who fits very well with our philosophy.

“He is a quick player who has impressive technical ability, so he will be able to help our squad immediately, but we also see a lot of potential in him for the future.

“This is a good opportunity for him, and I know he is excited about the chance to come here and improve.”