As West Ham manager Sam Allardyce continues to search for cheap recruits to bolster his squad ahead of the new season, Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson could be the perfect addition to the side.
The England international is being targeted by a host of Premier League clubs with West Ham, Sunderland, Hull and Swansea monitoring his situation as they look for a loan move for the coming campaign.
The Gunners are thought to be willing to let the defender go out on loan as they are close to signing right back Calum Chambers from Southampton, and have already brought France international Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle to play in that position leaving Jenkinson's chances of gaining regular football at the Emirates under serious threat.
Jenkinson sees his long-term future at Arsenal but the 22-year-old is well aware that the opportunity of first team football in the Premier League next season will significantly boost his chances of reclaiming his place in the England squad.
He still remains highly regarded at the Emirates but Arsene Wenger feels he would be best served by going out on loan to another Premier League club to continue his development so that he is ready to stake his claim for a regular spot in the Arsenal side upon his return.
Incoming Arsenal recruit, Chambers, is regarded as a future centre back for the Gunners so their will most certainly be a spot for Jenkinson in the long-term if he continues to progress and show his quality.
Jenkinson made 22 appearances for the Gunners last term and has made 37 in total. He burst on to the scene in 2011 and following an injury to Bacary Sagna he started the first five matches of the 2012/13 campaign, earning plaudits for his performance against Manchester City, among others.
He has since been a part of the Arsenal squad and when called upon he has always been reliable and confident slotting in to their back line.
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Jenkinson is quick, strong and has a great desire to get forward from the back and contribute to attacking play.
As he is still young and therefore perhaps not the most solid of defenders, he is liable to be caught out in a positional sense, although he often recovers due to his supreme pace.
He would certainly prove to be a great addition to the West Ham squad and provide some much needed competition and quality in the right back position.
Currently the Hammers have Guy Demel and Joey O’Brien who occupy that role and they are both capable of doing a job there.
However, Jenkinson could give them something different off of that side as he is a very attacking minded full back and more than willing to get forward and help provide crucial assists to goals that this West Ham team were severely lacking last season.
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