EXCLUSIVE | By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal have offered to double Carl Jenkinson’s wages – before sending him out on loan for another year, Football Insider sources understand.
West Ham are trying to sign the Gunners right-back for a second consecutive season after he rejected a move to Sunderland.
“We are working very hard to try and get Carl back here,” Hammers co-chairman David Gold told Talksport on Wednesday.
But Arsenal want to show their faith in the England Under-21 international by tying him down to an improved contract.
Football Insider understands the FA Cup holders have offered Jenkinson a lucrative new deal worth £50,000-a-week. His current £25,000-a-week agreement runs until 2018.
Manager Arsene Wenger still believes the 22-year-old can make the grade at Arsenal even though Hector Bellerin, who ended last season as the first-choice right-back, and Mathieu Debuchy are ahead of him in the Gunners’ pecking order.
Speaking in early May, Wenger said: “I have to decide whether we loan him out again at the end of the season.
“He needs experience. Carl is a young, very promising right-back with top quality and he had a good year where he has really moved forward. It’s important that he has a good chance to play if he comes back.”