Arsenal are ready to hand defender Carl Jenkinson a new contract before sending him out on loan with a number of clubs, including West Ham United, whom Jenkinson went out on loan last season, Sunderland and Southampton, keen to secure the England international’s services, whose current deal expires in 2018.
West Ham co-chairman David Gold recently confirmed they are keen on bringing the 23-year-old back to Upton Park for another campaign, telling BBC Sport: “We know we need a right-back and will work tirelessly to bring in Carl.
“If that does not work out, we have other irons in the fire.”
Jenkinson finding himself down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium with his path to first-team football at the right-back position being blocked off by last summer signings Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, as well as the emergence of academy product Hector Bellerin.
Despite this, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believes Jenkinson has a future with the club and feels it would be best for him to go out on loan next term to get regular first-team football.
“If that does not work out, we have other irons in the fire,” the French boss said last month.
“We will sit down together at the end of the season, but my target is to keep him here at the club.”