Arsenal agree deal with Hull City for Carl Jenkinson

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Arsenal have agreed a £3 million deal with Hull City for the permanent transfer of Carl Jenkinson, reports Goal.

The England international has been told he is surplus to requirements in the Arsenal team with Mathieu Debuchy arriving and Calum Chambers set to follow suit in the coming days.

Loan expectations

Jenkinson has been with Arsenal since 2011 after joining from Charlton Athletic in a £1 million deal, but has since failed to develop as anticipated. It was thought the 22-year-old would leave on loan, with several clubs interested in taking him on a temporary basis.

The thinking was that an extended spell of first team football would allow Jenkinson to develop enough to challenge Debuchy for a first team place. The Frenchman, almost 29, is only likely to have four years in the Arsenal first team, where Jenkinson could eventually take over.

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Most likely, Jenkinson was expected to be at a level to succeed Bacary Sagna, who left for Manchester City this summer, but with only 43 starts for Arsenal, is deemed below the required standard.

Other interest

Hull City have jumped in front of the queue with a £3 million bid, but the same report claims Jenkinson would much prefer a move to West Ham United. The Hammers are believed to be monitoring the situation but will have to come up with a bid in the coming days if they are to get their man.

Sunderland and Swansea are also interested and keeping an eye on the situation but Steve Bruce is determined to land the star to bolster his squad ahead of the Europa League campaign.

Chambers arrival

The news comes shortly after Wenger revealed that Southampton starlet Chambers is set to sign for Arsenal. The 19-year-old is best known for playing at full-back although Wenger said it was Chambers's versatility that convinced him to fork out an estimated £11 million for the player.

Chambers will play back-up to Debuchy, but as Wenger said, he will also cover the centre-back and midfield positions if required. Jenkinson arrived at Arsenal with experience at centre-back but was never trusted in the position in a Premier League match.

Bruce has already brought in Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince this summer and it appears the Tigers's spending will not stop there.

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