West Ham United midfield target Ainsley Maitland-Niles has spoken out about his future.
The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move for the versatile Arsenal outcast, who spent the last few months on loan at relegated West Brom (The Sun).
The 23-year-old impressed under former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and can play in a variety of positions.
West Ham assistant Stuart Pearce is a massive fan of Maitland-Niles (talkSPORT via The Boot Room).
West Ham boost as Maitland-Niles speaks out on future
And he fits David Moyes’s West Ham recruitment policy to a tee.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal sell the young star this summer.
But the West Ham target has now spoken out on his Arsenal future in an interview with The Telegraph insisting he is not afraid to push for a move and ‘kiss Arsenal goodbye’.
“If I was to get a phone call from someone at Arsenal and they said they’d like a meeting tomorrow, then it would be easier that way,” Maitland-Niles told The Telegraph.
“They can tell me whether they’ve got plans to play me in the future or if they want to sell me. I’ve heard they want to make some space [in the squad] and some money so I’m not sure.
Hammers target Maitland-Niles demands decision on his future and is not afraid to ‘kiss Arsenal goodbye’
“I want a decision. I want some clarity. And then hopefully I can get to work with whoever I need to get to work with. Whether that is finding a new club or whether that is carrying on with my training. I would like some kind of indication of what is happening.
“Where they (Arsenal) see me. If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that. Maybe they still want to do something and things could change. If not, there’s always other teams.
“It would be easier to do it now than waiting for pre-season to kick in and everything is super busy. And they can’t answer their phones because they are doing too much work. You know how the football world works.”
If Maitland-Niles does not have a future with the Gunners, he would be a brilliant capture for West Ham.
Versatile star would be perfect for Moyes and West Ham
Moyes needs someone who can play back-up to Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice in central midfield.
With the added games from competing in the Europa League, there will be plenty of opportunities for game time at West Ham in Maitland-Niles’s preferred central midfield position.
But he can also fill in at fullback if needed too.
West Ham’s key priorities are to sign at least one striker and Jesse Lingard.
If they get those areas sorted Maitland-Niles could be the club’s next port of call.