Newcastle United are reportedly hoping to bring Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs to St. James' Park on deadline day.
According to Jack Gaughan of the MailOnline, the Magpies are hoping to capitalise on Gibbs' status as back-up to Nacho Monreal, which has seen him make just two Premier League starts this season.
However, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard, the Englishman is firmly set to stay put:
James Olley @JamesOlley
Checked with a source close to the player: there is "no chance" of Kieran Gibbs leaving #afc on loan today.2/1/2016, 10:28:54 AM
The Chronicle's Lee Ryder noted the club have also nipped the rumour in the bud:
Lee Ryder @lee_ryder
#arsenal have been quick to kill off Kieran Gibbs rumour #nufc2/1/2016, 10:34:20 AM
Indeed, per Gaughan, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said:
He went through a period that was difficult for him but now he is back with full power and commitment and he is very fit.
He will get games and he is a quality player. There is competition and I understand what you say, players have that target of the European Championship.
But the first and the most important one is the club and the achievement of the club. To be at the European Championship is always a consequence of what you have done at the club.
Gaughan further reported Newcastle's only realistic chance of securing Gibbs would be if the Gunners recruit another left-back themselves.
According to an exclusive by Metro's Jamie Sanderson, Arsenal could be trying to do just that, as they are "working to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell" before the deadline and have seen a £3 million bid rejected.
The 19-year-old starred for the Foxes against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in January, for the most part looking a solid defender and forming a tantalising partnership with Leicester new boy Demarai Gray going forward down the left flank.
Yahoo Sport's Helen Nutter and the Leicester Mercury's James Sharpe highlighted his impact during the replay with Spurs:
Helen Nutter @helsy33
Not going to lie, a little disappointed to go out but can't argue that Spurs seemed to want it more. Motm for me was Gray or Chilwell #lcfc1/20/2016, 10:42:22 PM
James Sharpe @TheSharpeEnd
And now Chilwell bombs forward, meanders his way back inside, skipping past tackles, and winning a free-kick. Future's bright for #LCFC.1/20/2016, 8:14:24 PM
James Sharpe @TheSharpeEnd
...BUT, on a positive note, Gray and Chilwell have been impressive. Woud like to see Vardy on to make the runs for Gray. That could be good.1/20/2016, 8:37:59 PM
However, having already played for Huddersfield Town in a loan spell earlier this season, Chilwell wouldn't be able to feature for Arsenal due to FIFA's rule that players may only play for a maximum of two clubs in a single season.
Further, with the future looking bright for Leicester as a whole, there's little point in Chilwell moving on just yet anyway. Don't expect Gibbs or Chilwell to be moving before the deadline.
In other news, Stoke City are attempting to prise Michy Batshuayi away from Marseille. According to L'Equipe (h/t Sport Witness), the Potters "have made a last-minute approach" for the striker, who has long been reported as a target for the Gunners, per Calciomercato (via Will Giles of Metro). Further, Tottenham and Newcastle are also named among his suitors.
The 22-year-old has scored 15 goals and assisted on eight in all competitions this season and will continue to attract interest until he is almost inevitably snapped up.
However, the report indicated Marseille are determined to keep him, making it improbable that any of the English clubs will be able to sign him until at least the summer.
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