Carl Jenkinson has five or six clubs after him according to Steve Bruce, with the Hull City manager admitting defeat in signing the right back on loan.
According to the Tigers boss, West Ham are in pole position to sign the former Charlton academy graduate who has struggled to push on over the last twelve months namely due to Bacary Sagna’s consistency.
With Mathieu Debuchy’s arrival to replace his departed compatriot Sagna and Calum Chambers’ acquisition, the opportunity has arisen for Jenkinson to spend a season on loan to develop with a host of Premier League clubs interested.
Bruce was attempting to lure the Gunners defender to Hull, recently admitting that he had engaged in talks with Arsenal. But revealed West Ham are likely to secure his services for the upcoming season.
He told Talksport:
I think there was about five or six clubs who would be interested in Carl Jenkinson. He’s a very, very good player.
I think Sam [Allardyce] is in the box seat, because of being in London.
It was someone who we showed an interest [in]. But when a really good young player comes out of Arsenal, or one of the big clubs, then a club like ours will always be looking at them.
He’s got about five or six [clubs] to choose from but from what I understand he wants to stay in London.
It makes sense for Jenkinson to remain in London where he is well established. He still has plenty of potential to be a regular Gunner, remember he earned his first cap with England in 2012.
A move to West Ham will do the Gooner a world of good, playing alongside the likes of Winston Reid and James Collins he hopefully can establish himself as a Hammers regular. He will certainly be tested physically and gain some invaluable experience.
Many have written off Jenkinson, but the 22-year-old has plenty of ability and has proven in patches that he can one day be a regular feature in the Arsenal lineup. His crossing is superb, while he possesses plenty of pace and skill to excite down the right flank. His defending has certainly been developing, and hopefully playing under Big Sam he can improve his strength in the air.
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