Real Sociedad hoping to sign Joel Campbell from Arsenal

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Joel Campbell has just finished a loan spell with Villarreal, but could return to La Liga next season with Real Sociedad.

Whilst officials from Real Sociedad have set signing out of contract Burnley striker, Danny Ings, as their number one priority over the coming days, they aren't neglecting their other objectives in the transfer market.

Club president Jokin Aperribay, accompanied by sporting director Loren, have been in meetings with Joaquim Batica, the agent of Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, Spanish radio network Cadena SER have confirmed.

Real Sociedad made an unsuccessful bid to sign the Costa Rican international, during the January transfer window, but were beaten to the punch by La Liga rivals Villarreal, as they secured a deal as part of negotiations which saw Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista head in the opposite direction.

However, David Moyes hasn't forgotten about the 22-year-old, who has clearly demonstrated enough during the last several months in La Liga, that he could be an important capture for the Scottish coach.

What isn't entirely clear at this stage, is whether Real Sociedad are aiming to sign Campbell on loan for next season, or reach an agreement with Arsenal for a permanent move.

The limited number of games he's had with The Gunners thus far, along with four loan moves since joining Arsenal from Deportivo Saprissa in 2011, would suggest that he isn't likely to feature in the plans of Arsene Wenger.

Meeting with Campbell's agent, Real Sociedad are hoping to ensure he's interested in a move to Anoeta this summer, before submitting a formal offer and opening negotiations with Arsenal.

Should a move be agreed, it will be interesting to see what role Moyes has in mind for Campbell, as to whether he utilises the player as a winger or as a striker.

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