There seems to be no truth to the rumour that Arsenal’s youngster, Glen Kamara, is set to join Reading on loan this season, although a loan does seem to be in his immediate future.

The 20-year-old midfielder had seen his named linked with the Royals in a number of reports, but GetReading are claiming that there is no actual truth to the rumours whatsoever.

Kamara signed for Arsenal in 2012 and spent part of last season on loan with Southend United, making six appearances in League One, grabbing one assist.

The Finn spoke in 2015 about how he thought he would be leaving the club during the last summer transfer window, telling FourFourTwo, “At the end of the season I started playing a bit, but at the start of this one I thought I might be on my way out,” he admits. “I started looking elsewhere – I just wasn’t getting enough playing time, and as a third year you want to be playing in the under-21s. 

“It was a bit weird – in the second year I played more than in the third year. I just thought ‘OK, maybe it’s my time to head elsewhere and show other people what I can do’. But with football you can never say you’re going to go here or there… it happens like that [snaps fingers]. Things just changed.

“You tell your friends that you might be going and they’re gutted! ‘You need that on your CV’ they say, or talk about girls or whatever. I’m not too worried about that,” he grins. “I just say to them, ‘Listen, I want to play football and not just tag onto the name.’”

About the need to play, he also added in that interview when asked how much u21 football could prepare him for live in the big leagues, “It can up to a certain point.

“Then I think a player needs first-team football, definitely – whether that be on loan or with the club they’re at. You definitely need something like that, though, until you can step up.”  

At the end of July, Arsenal had reportedly agreed a deal with FC Dortrecht which would see him spend the season on loan there according to a report from the Netherlands which had spoke to the Dutch club’s manager.

It is not clear what is happening with that deal or if it has been abandoned after the agreement.

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