If Arsenal allow Joel Campbell to join West Brom on loan, it could help Spurs sign Saido Berahino.
The Mirror claims Swansea are one three sides chasing a loan move for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, with West Brom and Everton the other teams thought to be keen on a move for the Costa Rican.
He’s struggled to break into the first team picture at the Emirates after a decent spell with Olympiacos last season and a good World Cup in Brazil, but Arsenal need to think carefully about where he goes if Arsene Wenger commissions a temporary exit.
They need to think carefully because if they make the wrong decision, they could make one of their rivals a lot stronger in the process.
If Arsenal allow Campbell to go and play at West Brom, it’s a move which could pave the way for Tottenham to get their hands on a £25 million rated star they’re reported to have been tracking for some time.
Saido Berahino is one of the most talented players in England and arguably the best of a top quality group of English youngsters currently straying between the under-21 and senior setups at international level.
West Brom are not a naïve or stupid football club. They realise the commodity they have at their disposal and certainly won’t let him leave unless they get a decent replacement in.
In short, Campbell’s potential loan move to the Baggies could pave the way for Tottenham to swoop and lay the ground work over a permanent deal for Berahino.
It’s not a permanent deal which has to happen quickly and could be delayed until the summer.
Naturally Spurs would prefer to sign a player like Berahino, who could help them over the second half of the season but it’s not pivotal that a deal happens in January.
Should Campbell’s loan move to West Brom be successful, it may persuade the Baggies to go after him permanently at the end of the season, which means they could just as likely sell Berahino then as they could this New Year.
Arsene Wenger has always been extremely wary when it comes to make Arsenal’s rivals stronger but there’s no doubt Tottenham have a better chance of getting their man should Campbell head to the Midlands on loan.