By Will Butcher
Aston Villa will be forced to look elsewhere if Arsenal look to sell Carl Jenkinson permanently, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC correspondent Pat Murphy claimed on his personal Twitter account that Villa only want to capture the 24-year-old defender on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
But Murphy reported that a “few Premier League clubs are interested in buying him”, which could mean the Championship club missing out if Arsenal decide to cash in on the right-back.
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) December 30, 2016
The Birmingham Mail claimed earlier this month that the one-time England international was on manager Steve Bruce’s transfer radar ahead of the January window.
With Murphy claiming that Premier League clubs are circling, the Midlands giants could fail in their attempts to sign the former Charlton defender if they want him on a temporary basis.
Jenkinson is set to leave the Emirates in the near future as Hector Bellerin continues to remain the Gunners’ undisputed first-choice right-back.
Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy is also considered above Jenkinson in Arsene Wenger’s right-back pecking order, despite struggling with long-term injuries.
Jenkinson has been an Arsenal player since his £1million move to north London back in the summer of 2011 but has been subsequently loaned to neighbours West Ham twice.
The defender has made 62 league and cup appearances for Arsenal, scoring once against Norwich in May 2014 but has featured just five times this season and is expected to leave.
Football Insider verdict:
With Alan Hutton already 32 years of age and back-up Ritchie De Laet currently out injured with a long-term knee problem, Aston Villa should obey Arsenal’s demands by signing him permanently in January. A proven Premier League quality right-back from his time in east and north London, Jenkinson would become Villa’s first choice on the right side of defence instead of Hutton and would provide an attacking outlet from the flank. Even if Bruce would rather sign Jenkinson on a temporary basis, Arsenal’s number 25 would be a top signing and should be brought to the Midlands at all costs.
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