Palermo reignite interest in Arsenal's Joel Campbell

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Palermo are ready to renew their interest in Arsenal outcast Joel Campbell after failing to agree a deal with the Gunners last month, according to The Mail.

The Serie A side were keen to sign Campbell on a season-long loan deal only to be told be Arsene Wenger that he was available on a permanent transfers.

They refused to meet Arsenal's £7.1million price tag and interest in the Costa Rica international died off. However, they are ready to start negotiations again with the hope of sealing his signature before the window closes.


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Campbell impressed during a loan spell at Olympiakos and at last summer's World Cup, convincing Wenger to bring him back to the Emirates last season. The gamble failed to pay off and the 23-year-old was sent out on loan to Villarreal in January.

After failing to shine at the Gold Cup, Campbell took an extended pre-season break, but merrily announced his return to London Colney on his Twitter account this week.

It suggested that he was happy to stay with the Gunners and have one last crack at forcing his way into Wenger's plans. But with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain standing in his way, Campbell's chances are slim.

Loan deal still possible

Should Arsenal not get the fee they want then another loan deal looks most likely. His agent confirmed his availability when speaking with a Costa Rican newspaper earlier this week.

Joaquim Batica told La Nacion: "He always has a market in major European leagues, but he renewed with Arsenal in January and then after the transfer to Villarreal went back to the club."

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