Newcastle United have once again been linked with a move for Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney.
The Scottish international has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates, and was left out of the match day squad altogether for the Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest.
Although Tierney is a fine attacking full-back, he does not have the ability to invert into midfield which is what Mikel Arteta expects of players in that position.
He had been on the radar of the North-East club earlier in the window, but they instead prioritised recruitment in other areas of the pitch.
And, with the need to comply with FFP (Financial Fair Play) regulations, they are probably not in a position to do a permanent deal at this stage, but instead will look to conclude a loan with an option to buy.
The Gunners, though, may be reluctant to strengthen a top four rival, and would prefer that he went elsewhere, with Real Sociedad in Spain a possible alternative.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.