David Gold: West Ham United want to sign Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal

Carl Jenkinson

West Ham United, Sunderland and Southampton are reportedly interested in Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has told BBC Sport that the club are determined to retain the services of defender Carl Jenkinson.

England international right-back Jenkinson played on loan for West Ham from Premier League rivals Arsenal during the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign.

“We know we need a right-back and will work tirelessly to bring in Carl,” Gold told BBC Sport. “If that does not work out, we have other irons in the fire.”

Jenkinson gave a good account of himself at West Ham and was one of the Hammers’ better players.

The 23-year-old created 22 chances, had a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 60%, and won 22 headers, 11 dribbles and 26 tackles in 32 Premier League appearances.

The Englishman is not going to slot into the Arsenal starting line-up next season, as he will have Mathieu Debuchy and Hector Bellerin ahead of him in the peking order.

It makes sense for Jenkinson to remain on loan at West Ham for the 2015-16 campaign, but the London outfit will face competition for his services.

That’s because Premier League rivals Sunderland are also interested in signing Jenkinson on loan in the summer transfer window.

According to a report in The Mirror earlier this week, the Black Cats have agreed a deal with Arsenal to sign the right-back on loan this summer.

Southampton are also interested in Jenkinson, according to The Mirror.

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