Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has become a surprise transfer target for two rival Premier League clubs, with Newcastle United and Swansea City reportedly lodging enquiries for the Costa Rica international.
Campbell has spent the last three seasons on loan across the continent in a bid to continue a development which first alerted Arsenal to his potential in 2011, with the current campaign spent at Olympiakos by far his best to date.
The 21-year-old has 12 goals and as many assists in all competitions for the Greek champions, with the most eye-catching of those strikes coming against Manchester United in the Champions League last month.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has yet to provide an indication that Campbell will return to fight for a first-team place at the Emirates this season, with Newcastle and Swansea primed to pounce if the striker becomes available after the World Cup.
Prominent Arsenal fan blog Gooner Talk reported this morning that both Swansea and Newcastle have lodged a tentative transfer enquiry, hoping that the versatile, pacy young forward will be available on a permanent, cut-price deal.
Wenger has limited options in attack and will lose controversial forward Nicklas Bendtner when his contract expires this summer, which should provide Campbell the perfect opportunity to prove his worth in pre-season if he joins the Arsenal first-team squad this summer.
The World Cup will also provide a further shop window for Campbell to shine, particularly with Costa Rica drawn in the same group as England, Italy and Uruguay in the South American showpiece.
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