Report: Hughton ready to challenge Newcastle in race to sign Arsenal misfit Carl Jenkinson this summer

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

Brighton and Hove Albion are reportedly keen on Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson.

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

According to The Mirror, Brighton and Hove Albion are preparing a move for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson – but will have to battle Newcastle United for his signature.

The Seagulls clinched promotion to the Premier League on Monday afternoon with a 2-1 home win over Wigan Athletic, as Huddersfield Town's 1-1 draw at Derby County guaranteed Brighton's place in the top flight.

A win over Norwich City on Friday evening will seal the Championship title for Chris Hughton's men, who have been undoubtedly the best and most consistent team in the Championship this season.

The attention will quickly turn to who Brighton can sign to aid their Premier League chances, and a right back appears to be on Hughton's wish list.

Hughton does have captain Bruno Saltor, but he turns 37 in October, and with Fikayi Tomori only on loan from Chelsea and Liam Rosenior often played on the left, a younger right back could be targeted.

Now, The Mirror report that Brighton are interested in signing Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson, who has become something of a misfit at the Emirates Stadium having played just one Premier League game this season.

Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson in action with Southampton's Sofiane BoufalArsenal's Carl Jenkinson in action with Southampton's Sofiane Boufal

Six years since joining Arsenal from Charlton Athletic, Jenkinson has made just 38 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, and after two loan spells with West Ham United in recent years, it may be time for Jenkinson to leave permanently in search of first-team football.

The 25-year-old is now allegedly a target for Brighton, but manager Hughton may have to battle his former club Newcastle United, who are also believed to be keen on landing Jenkinson this summer.

With the Magpies also set for promotion to the Premier League, Jenkinson could be faced with a decision over which promoted side to join – and Brighton's proximity to Arsenal, at least in comparison to Newcastle, could help them.

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