By Noel Whelan

6th Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Aurier could join Championship club after Sky's Tottenham update - pundit

Serge Aurier is not good enough to play for Arsenal and could be forced to take a pay cut to join a Championship club instead.

So says ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 28-year-old former Tottenham right-back.

Spurs announced the mutual termination of Aurier’s contract on deadline day after they failed to find a club willing to pay a suitable fee for him.

And Sky Sports reported on 2 August that the Ivorian is now open to a move to Arsenal.

But Whelan claims that the Gunners already have a better right-back on their books in the form of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

“I’m not sure whether that’s the right move,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“They’ve got Maitland-Niles there who would be a better option. You are better off blooding young boys for the team rather than going and getting ex-Tottenham players.

“If they haven’t done it there, what’s to say they are going to do it at Arsenal?

“Maitland-Niles could be a long-term solution so I don’t think they need to go in for Aurier.

“He wants to stay in England. Can Championship clubs pay his wages? Probably not. That’s the problem he’s got.

“He could take a wage cut if he wants to drop down in the leagues and then I can see him getting a Championship move.”

Maitland Niles took to Instagram to reveal that he was desperate to quit The Emirates to find first-team football on 30 August.

Fellow Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin meanwhile has departed on loan for Real Betis.

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