Hammers ready to step up their interest in Carl Jenkinson.
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West Ham United are ready to step up their interest in right back Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal, with the Daily Mail reporting that a move by the Gunners for Calum Chambers from Southampton could open the door for a potential exit by Jenkinson.
Should Arsene Wenger go through with a mooted £12 million move for Chambers, then it would drop former Charlton Athletic full back Jenkinson back down to third position and leave his future at the Emirates Stadium hanging in the balance.
As a boyhood Arsenal fan it is unlikely that Jenkinson would want to leave the North London club, but it could be the best move for all parties after the England international failed to develop as quickly as expected.
The 22 year-old signed from the Valley in 2011, having made more appearances during loan spells at Welling United and Eastbourne Borough than he had for his parent club.
Wenger clearly saw potential in the player, who was also eligible for Finland, however – and struck a deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium, where he has gone on to make 37 Premier League appearances.
West Ham have been busy in the transfer market this summer, with Sam Allardyce already having secured deals for Enner Valencia, Aaron Cresswell and Mauro Zarate as the Hammers look to build next season.