Stoke want Joel Campbell loan, but would he be better off at Inter?

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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is being linked with Stoke City on loan, but he may also have the option of joining Serie A side Inter.

Joel Campbell received a rare chance to impress for Arsenal against Galatasaray, but he will probably have to relocate at least temporarily if he wants regular first-team football.

The Costa Rica international would have hoped for more trust from Arsene Wenger after an impressive World Cup campaign, but he had only played 132 minutes all season prior to the Galatasaray game.

According to the Mirror, Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is determined to offer Campbell a home from January until the end of the season, which seems like a sensible move for the 22-year-old.

However, there may be another option in the form of Italian sleeping giants Inter, who are desperate for striking reinforcements but need to find loanees rather than permanent signatures.

Italian sources indicate that new boss Roberto Mancini is keen on Campbell and could attempt a swoop in January as he attempts to make his mark on a struggling squad.

The chance could be too good to pass up. Inter are bereft of striking options right now and Campbell would be almost certain of some serious game time in Serie A.

While the pace of the game can be tough to adapt to, Campbell would have the chance to become a hero at a prestigious club in a league that is still widely respected but has dipped in quality in recent years.

Campbell has the ability to seriously worry Serie A defences and could rediscover his lethal touch more easily than he could at Stoke playing against Premier League back lines.

And if he goes to San Siro and succeeds, not only will Campbell have thousands of new fans, he will come back in a great position to issue an ultimatum to Wenger.

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