Kevin Campbell is delighted Arsenal are closing in on the permanent capture of Mat Ryan for a fee in the region of £3-5million.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said the likely fee is “cheap money” and would represent “really smart” business by the club.

This site revealed on Tuesday that Arsenal are in advanced talks with Brighton to sign the Australia international permanently in a £3-5million deal.

Ryan moved to the the Emirates on loan in January after he was axed from Graham Potter’s plans in December.

Coaching staff in north London have been impressed with the keeper since his arrival.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the likely permanent signing of Ryan, Campbell said: “I think that is really smart.

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“Mat Ryan is enjoying it at Arsenal and they’ve enjoyed having him at the club. He is an Arsenal fan so he has that love for the club as well.

“If we can get him for £4million that is cheap money. Let’s be honest £4million is nothing these days.

“It would definitely be good business to get him signed on a permanent deal because he is a good backup option to have.” 

Ryan has made just two appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, with Bernd Leno the undisputed number one at the Emirates.

The Gunners travel to Villarreal on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

In other news, Arsenal have been backed to sell a star loved by Ian Wright for “£22million” after big news.