Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson is becoming an Upton Park favourite and it would be a major coup if the club could sign the defender permanently.
West Ham have made no secret of their desire to do a deal next summer for the England Under-21 international and with the Gunners reportedly interested in their unsettled star, Winston Reid, a swap deal could benefit all parties involved.
At 22, Jenkinson has a great career ahead of him and he is still developing and learning the game. He clearly wants to be playing regular first-team football and he would be guaranteed the right-back slot in the Hammers XI, however at the Emirates he will face tough competition for a starting berth.
The more experienced Mathieu Debuchy, who is currently out injured and due back by Christmas, was in good form prior to the injury. Calum Chambers is competent when filling in but he is primarily seen as a centre-back, while 19-year-old Hector Bellerin has been thrown into the mix by Arsene Wenger this term, too, so the north London outfit already have plenty of full-back options.
They do lack in the heart of their defence, though, and if reports are to be believed they are keen on signing Reid. If the Irons could convince Arsenal to do a swap deal plus cash in January, as Reid would be available for a free in the summer, it would be a great piece of business.
- Jenkinson would be a great signing for West Ham
- West Ham one defender away from complete squad
- Reid targeted by Arsenal for January transfer
In an ideal world West Ham would probably want to hang on to Reid but seeing as he is stalling over signing a new deal they would be better off cashing in on him in January – or doing a permanent swap with Jenkinson – rather than risk losing him for nothing a few months later.
Though a swap deal would solve one problem, it would be creating another – a gaping hole in the centre of the back four. It is apparent that Sam Allardyce wants to bring in another centre-half regardless of whether Reid stays or goes, but if he does go in January they will need to find a quality replacement imminently.
The capture of Jenkinson would certainly make up for the loss of Reid as he is a player with massive potential, he could be a permanent fixture in the side for up to the next ten years and he is already a big hit with the Hammers faithful. They will, however, have to ensure that the influential figure of Reid is adequately replaced.