West Ham should sign Rafael to replace Carl Jenkinson

West Ham United should consider a move for a current Manchester United player this summer.

With Carl Jenkinson leaving West Ham United at the end of the season and heading back to his parent-club Arsenal, the Hammers will be on the look-out for a new right-back.

It will not be easy replacing the Gunners loanee, who has featured 35 times for Sam Allardyce’s side and proved emphatically that he is able to perform consistently in the Premier League.

While West Ham may want him for another season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently went on record to say he wants Jenkinson back at the Emirates Stadium next season, leaving their London rivals with a hole to fill.

So what about considering a player with 170 senior appearances for Manchester United in the form of Rafael?

The Brazilian is currently surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, having featured just 11 times since Louis van Gaal took charge at United.

With Antonio Valencia currently occupying the right-back slot – and a new player likely to arrive in that position this summer – Rafael could well be on his way; especially when you consider he only has a year left on his current contract.

So for a reduced price could West Ham sign a right-back with talent aplenty, age on his side and with a point to prove?

Only time will tell, but West Ham could do a lot worse than sign the 24-year-old who when on form is among the best full-backs in the country.

He needs to feature regularly – and he remains prone to a mistake or two – but he could prove to be a bargain for the Hammers if they are willing to take a chance.

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