SOUTHAMPTON are trying to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal before Monday’s deadline.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to boost his full-back options this month and is a big fan of the versatile England star.

Left-back is a particular issue with youngster Jake Vokins being sent to Sunderland on loan, leaving just Ryan Bertrand as a natural in that position.

Maitland-Niles, who is also wanted by West Brom, is considering leaving the Emirates temporarily to boost his game time.

Manchester United’s Brandon Williams has also been a long-term loan target.

But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reluctant to farm him out, that deal is looking unlikely.

Maitland-Niles, 23, is keen to strengthen his push for a Euro 2021 place this summer by playing more regularly.

Wolves put in a summer bid and are said to be considering a fresh attempt this month.

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LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid have also been linked with the Gunners' academy product, whose five senior caps have all come this term.

Atletico's reported interest has no doubt been boosted by the success of Kieran Trippier since they recruited Maitland-Niles' England rival from Tottenham in July 2019.

Trippier, though, is mainly a right-back, whereas Maitland-Niles can play anywhere down the left.

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