Premier League duo keen to sign Pablo Armero, despite an unsuccessful loan spell with West Ham United.
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Arsenal and Southampton are set to fight it out for the signing of Colombian World Cup left back Pablo Armero, according to the Metro, despite his unsuccessful loan spell in the Premier League with West Ham United last season.
Despite his disappointing spell at Upton Park, however, the report suggests that Armero is keen to leave Serie A club Udinese and return to the Premier League on a permanent basis this summer.
His performance for Jose Pekerman’s Colombia side at the World Cup will have done him no harm, with Armero operating as the left-sided full back in a system that gives him great license to bomb forward – something perhaps not afforded to him by Sam Allardyce last season.
Armero in fact scored Colombia’s first goal of the tournament, hitting the back of the net with a deflected shot inside ten minutes of the start of their opening match against Greece.
Arsenal are keen to strengthen their left back options with first choice Kieran Gibbs’ fitness known to be particularly unreliable and Spanish reserve Nacho Monreal linked with a summer move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Southampton, meanwhile, are searching for a replacement for Luke Shaw, who joined Manchester United one of the summer’s biggest transfer moves – although the Saints could choose to give a chance to youth team graduate Matt Targett.