Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson looks like his future will be with West Ham following a tweet from the club’s owner David Gold.
The Hammers have made no secret of their desire to bring Jenkinson in permanently following his successfully loan spell in east London and Gold’s cryptic social media post would appear to suggest a deal’s on the cards.
This would be a tremendous coup for West Ham, who have also just secured the services of highly-sought after Winston Reid for the foreseeable future, and Jenkinson’s signature would complete the set as far as their defence is concerned.
It’s not done and dusted yet, but as things stand it’s looking increasingly likely that the defender will remain a West Ham player beyond this season.
Arsenal have a few options in the full-back position and should be open to negotiate, however the fee may be the biggest stumbling block. As a 23-year-old, future England international, Arsene Wenger will not want to let him go on the cheap.
The player seemingly wants the move, though, so that could be key to the Hammers securing his services on a full-time basis.
Following the Reid news, which came as a massive relief to all involved with West Ham – not just because of how long the saga dragged out but because it saved them from having a centre-back shaped headache in the summer – Jenkinson signing would be just as big.
In Aaron Cresswell, James Tomkins, Reid and Jenkinson the Hammers have a formidable back-line that can remain in the defence for many years to come. They all complement each other perfectly and the two full-backs have the potential to represent England in the future, which would be an added bonus for West Ham.
Jenkinson has thrived at Upton Park this year playing regular first-team football and he will only get better with the more game time he receives.
He won’t be playing against his parent club this weekend, however, but going by Gold’s comments he will have plenty of opportunities to show Wenger what he’s missed out on in the near future.
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