Wolverhampton Wanderers are continuing to discuss the transfer of Ainsley Maitland-Niles with Arsenal.
Wolves had an initial £15m bid for the player rejected by the Gunners earlier this week but are said to be in continual talks with those at the Emirates Stadium over a revised offer.
With current Wanderers wing-back Matt Doherty looking nailed on to join the Gunners’ North London rivals in Spurs, Wolves’ desire to complete the Maitland-Niles switch has increased.
Doherty’s imminent departure coupled with regular operator Jonny Otto’s absence with injury has left Wolves looking decidedly light in the wing-back role.
Add to this the deafening silence in terms of a new contract for boss Nuno Espirito Santo, some supporters are beginning to fret.
However, Wolves’ primary concern appears to be getting the deal for Maitland-Niles over the line, with the versatile 23-year-old capable of playing in midfield or out wide.
Despite Maitland-Niles’ impressive breakthrough as an Arsenal first-teamer, it is arguable that even if he does pitch up at Molineux, Wolves will massively miss the contributions of Doherty.
The Irishman has been directly involved in 30 goals from defence in all competitions over the past two seasons, with only Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold – one of the world’s best – contributing more.