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Watford rival Southampton for Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Watford have joined the interest in Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The Mirror says Southampton are also keen on the England international who could be allowed to leave the Emirates this summer.

Watford and Southampton are both set to make moves next week for the 23-year-old who has two years left on his contract.

Southampton were keen on Maitland-Niles in January so their interest will not be a surprise but the former England under-21 starlet chose to go to West Brom instead in search of regular game time.

Watford are keen to bolster their squad after regaining their Premier League status and Maitland-Niles will not be short of suitors as he is young, English, versatile and a full international.

Arsenal may also be of the view that they need to raise funds to strengthen their own position in the transfer market this summer.

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