Sam Allardyce appears unwilling to discuss possible permanent moves for his loan stars until the end of the current campaign.
The Hammers currently have Alex Song on loan from Barcelona and Carl Jenkinson on a temporary basis from Arsenal, and it was the latter player Allardyce was referring to when he said, “Everyone is speculating on price and when the deal can be done.”
Jenkinson has impressed for West Ham this season, becoming a regular fixture at right-back and helping the side maintain their outstanding form.
The Hammers are currently seventh in the Premier League table, just three points away from an automatic European place and both Jenkinson and Song have been key to that progress.
With the likes of Hector Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers all competing for the right-back spot at Arsenal, it would be no surprise if Jenkinson completed a permanent move in the summer, but Allardyce has suggested he will make no decisions on any of his current loanees until then.
“When the season is over we will look at the players here, who are out of contract and on loan and then decide,” the West Ham manager said.
It seems highly likely he will want to keep both players if at all possible, but it remains to be seen if fees can be agreed that suit all parties.