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Fulham are one of a number of London clubs prepared to offer Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles a chance to stay in the capital, according to a report from the Sun this afternoon.

Reports earlier this week suggested that Mikel Arteta had hoped to keep the versatile younger at the Emirates but has been overruled by his board as the club seeks to raise funds for a summer spending spree. The 22 year-old started Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea but now looks set to be heading for pastures new. Having made 20 league appearances this year – and being able to play both in midfield and defence – there is sure to be a wide array of interest for Maitland-Niles’ services.

The former England under-21 international has even been linked with a surprise move across north London to Spurs, where Jose Mourinho is seeking to strengthen his squad ahead of his first full season in charge. West Ham and Crystal Palace are also keen on Maitland-Niles, whilst Fulham are side to have registered an interest following their promotion to the top flight last week.

Maitland-Niles could add depth to Scott Parker’s midfield options as well as providing cover at right back, where the Cottagers are looking to strengthen ahead of the new campaign. The main stumbling block will be over the fee, with Arsenal apparently looking for around £20m and a bidding war set to ensue.