Hull City manager Mike Phelan has admitted he wants to take Carl Jenkinson on loan when the transfer window reopens but faces competition for his signature.
The full-back looks destined to leave the club after struggling for game time, even during Hector Bellerin’s recent injury lay-off.
Jenkinson has been linked with another loan spell at West Ham but Phelan says the struggling Tigers are hoping to tie up a short-term deal for the 24-year-old.
“Yes, he’s been spoken about. But there are a few others in the hat for Carl,” Phelan told Sky Sports.
“I would love him to come here. I’ve spoken to staff at Arsenal and I’ve been encouraged by it.
“But I do also realise that there are other clubs interested in Carl. So that’s where we’re at at the moment and nothing definite has gone ahead and there are others.”
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Jenkinson has also been rumoured to be attracting the interest of Hull, Swansea City and Aston Villa and it would be something of a surprise if he did not leave in January.
Mathieu Debuchy is another full-back who also looks likely to be on his way after after admitting he “wants a new challenge” while Arsene Wenger has revealed the club are listening to offers for the 31-year-old.