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first_imgManchester United have reportedly held talks to sign Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are adamant Ainsley Maitland-Niles is going nowhere before the transfer deadline and have rubbished rumours he could be set for a sensational move to Manchester United.Maitland-Niles was on the brink of a £30million switch to Wolves earlier this summer but Mikel Arteta made it clear that the versatile 23-year-old remained a key part of his plans for the future after an outstanding performance in the Community Shield.Reports this week suggested Arsenal and Arteta had backtracked on this stance, with United holding advanced discussions to land Maitland-Niles in a £20m deal plus bonuses and add-ons. Arsenal respond to rumours Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be joining Manchester United The England youngster was linked with Wolves earlier this summer (Picture: Getty)In an interview with BT Sport last month, Maitland-Niles heaped praise on Arteta and revealed how the Spaniard had given him the confidence to go out and express himself on the pitch.‘It’s fantastic, the manager gives so much belief in me and tells me to express myself and show the world how good I am,’ he said.‘It helps when you’re on the pitch so that’s all I can ask for.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe youngster said he was confident that Arsenal winning the FA Cup last season was a sign of things to come under Arteta.‘He made it clear when he came in that he wants to do things his way,’ Maitland-Niles added.‘Everyone needs to be on board and I think everyone’s done fantastic to be behind him as a manager and be together as a team.‘It showed at the end of the season when we picked up that trophy.‘I think the way he’s doing things is fantastic.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Why Mikel Arteta has held back new Arsenal signings Gabriel and William SalibaMORE: Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s agent responds to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain rumours Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 3:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Comment Arteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:14FullscreenArteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by Liverpoolhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reflects-arsenal-beaten-3-1-liverpool-2258966/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After all, the Gunners are looking to raise funds for either Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and have been listening to offers for a number of their first-team stars, including Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to Goal, Maitland-Niles is not on this list of players up for sale and Arsenal have brushed off the latest reports surrounding the England international as ‘pure speculation’.The Red Devils have also distanced themselves from rumours of a possible agreement for Maitland-Niles and are instead pursuing a deal for Porto left-back Alex Telles.Porto are demanding a fee of £18m for Telles and have turned down United’s two opening bids for the Brazil international. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHearts of Oak have been boosted by news that striker Mahatma Otoo will be available for selection against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko on Sunday in the Ghana Premier League derby.Otoo picked an injury during their Premier League game with Liberty Professionals on Saturday and there have been concerns about his ability to recover fully in time for Ghana’s version of the ”El-Classico.”The Ghana Under-20 captain has declared himself fit to face Kotoko.“I picked a minor knock in the game but now I feel good and I’m ready for Kotoko on Sunday. It was a deliberate attempt to come out of the game that early so I can be fully ready for the game as been suggested by some fans,” Otoo told GHANAsoccernet.com”Matches involving Kotoko and Hearts of Oak have always been uncompromising and it will be a feather in my cup and that of my team-mates if we beat them. We know it’s going to be tough but I’m positive about our chances.”Hearts beat Kotoko in the first leg 1-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium. Source; Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa’s top tax man says the computer systems that handle tax collections in 38 other states have been modernized in the past decade.Iowa Department of Revenue director Kraig Paulsen is asking lawmakers to spend tens of millions over the next five years to replace his agency’s ancient computer networks.“We operate about 24 systems and each one of them is independent,” Paulsen says. “They are basically as old as when they were implemented, so some of them may be 10 years old. Some of them may be 20 years old. Literally there are those that are 30 years or older.”It will cost the state about $18 million this year alone to keep those systems running. Plus, Paulsen warns it’s getting harder to find people to fix things because they have to know COBOL, a computer programming language created in 1959.“We’ve tried to weave this web together and make it function,” Paulsen says, “but we believe it’s time to move forward.”The digital upgrade Paulsen envisions would let Iowa taxpayers log on and see their returns on the department’s website – and check both payments and refunds.“It will absolutely be much more user-friendly,” Paulsen says. “I am confident in the security of the systems and the protection of Iowans’ information…That’s obviously something we stay very vigilant on.”Paulsen says the companies he’s investigated build systems that send reminders to taxpayers, too. The nearly $90 million project Paulsen proposes includes upgrading computer systems for the Iowa Lottery and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission at the same time. The project would take three to five years to complete.last_img read more