Arsenal are pondering a move to bring Glen Kamara back to the club this summer, according to a report.
The Rangers midfielder has enjoyed a superb season north of the border and Rangers are looking to tie the former Dundee man down to a new deal. Gers have sealed their first Scottish title for 10 years and Kamara has played a starring role with 28 appearances. Kamara does have over two years remaining on his Ibrox deal, but such has been his impact, Steven Gerrard wants him tied to a new deal.
Gerrard, asked if Gers planned to rush through the signing talks to stave off interest in the player, said: “I don’t know is the answer to your question. If it was my decision the answer would be yes.
“I’ve made my feelings known to Ross (Wilson, sporting director) and the board on that situation.
“Glen has been fantastic for me since day one. He’s grown and he’s evolved. He’s improved and he’s listened.”
Eastern European giants Dinamo Moscow and Dynamo Kiev both expressed an interest last summer. Meanwhile, Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Brentford also made checks.
TEAMtalk also understands even more clubs have watched him recently, including Leeds, Everton, Southampton, Monaco, Lille and Borussia Dortmund.
But now Arsenal are in the frame, according to Give Me Sport. Kamara originally moved to Arsenal after being spotted playing for Southend United in 2012. He made only one appearance for the Gunners though in the League Cup in October 2015.
Now though he could be heading back to north London with Arsenal scouts impressed with what they have seen from the Tampere-born player.
Arteta has Kroenke backing
Mikel Arteta is looking to shuffle his squad this summer and he says he has the full backing of the owners to do so.
The Spaniard has hatched a plan aimed at improving his squad, which was boosted by permanent deals for Pablo Mario, Gabriel and Thomas Partey last summer.
“The team is going to reflect in better performances, results and at the end of the season we’ll see where we are and have a discussion,” said Arteta.
“We know what we want to do, we’ve got a plan that we’ll put together. We know there are certain scenarios that can vary, we can’t really control. And they’ll be dependant on things that today we can’t really determine.
“But the plan is to go ahead with what we want and I know they (the Kroenkes) fully agree with that and they’ve been really supportive with us.”