Will Newcastle United's Carl Jenkinson links spark West Ham into life?

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Arsenal could be ready to let Carl Jenkinson leave - the question is whether Newcastle United will have competition from West Ham.

Reading's Callum Harriott in action with Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson

Newcastle United fans can breathe a sigh of relief. After a very dry January, it appears that owner Mike Ashley is prepared to give Rafael Benitez something to spend this summer.

And the Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal’s forgotten man Carl Jenkinson is at the top of his wishlist.

The 25-year-old may not be the most immediately inspiring addition after playing just 83 Premier League minutes all season long. But the once-capped England right-back would fill something of a gap in Newcastle’s squad with Vurnon Anita set to leave upon the expiry of his contract and Jesus Gamez’ debut season ravaged by injury.

Furthermore, having played almost 100 top flight games, Jenkinson would offer the experience Rafael Benitez is looking for.

However, the question is whether Newcastle will have any competition – particularly in the shape of West Ham United.

Jenkinson played 52 times during two seasons on loan at Upton Park under Sam Allardyce and then Slaven Bilic and, according to The Express, The Hammers were weighing up a pursuit earlier in the season with his Arsenal chances drying up.

West Ham United's Carl Jenkinson

Bilic still appears to be in need of reinforcements at right-back with Sam Byram the only natural option and, in Jenkinson, he could find a player who knows the club and has a point to prove.

Therefore, Newcastle handing a lifeline to the one-time England prospect may not necessarily mean he will be arriving at St James’ Park this summer.

West Ham's Carl Jenkinson in action against Leicester City's Andrej Kramaric

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