Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell has been identified as a loan target for Mark Hughes’ Stoke City. Despite signing for Arsenal in 2011, the 21 year-old failed to obtain a work permit and thus is yet to feature for the Gunners.
As a result, Arsene Wenger subsequently allowed the highly-rated prospect to join FC Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos on loan in order to gain international clearance, which has now been achieved. With eligibility no longer an issue, Wenger is keen for Campbell to gain first team experience in English football to aide his development rather than him being confined to the Emirates bench.
Potters chief Hughes is also keen to strike a deal and would be prepared to accept a short term 6-month loan to bolster his attacking options, at least until the January transfer market. The Welshman’s eagerness has been stoked further by the fact that Moroccan international Oussama Assaidi, who featured in 19 league games for Stoke, is due to return to parent club Liverpool following the conclusion of the season.
In addition to this, Hughes is looking to further the progress that has been made at the Britannia since taking over, which saw Stoke finish a respectable 9th in the league standings, and sees Campbell as a vital part to his plans next season.