David Gold: West Ham United open to signing Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal on permanent deal

David Gold says that West Ham United could sign Carl Jenkinson on a permanent deal from Arsenal next summer.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has suggested that the club could sign Carl Jenkinson on a permanent contract at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old defender joined the Hammers on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

The right-back has struggled with injuries so far this season but has still made a favourable impact for the London outfit in the Premier League, but it seems that Gold is open to recruiting the England international next summer.

Jenkinson moved to Arsenal from fellow English club Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011 and was rated very highly at the time.

However, the youngster has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular for the Gunners and have not even made 50 Premier League appearances for the London outfit.

In the summer, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decided to let Jenkinson leave on loan. Mathieu Debuchy is the first-choice right-back (although he is injured at the moment), while Calum Chambers is his deputy.

Wenger has also played 19-year-old Hector Bellerin this season, which means that Jenkinson will face massive competition if he returns to Arsenal next term.

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