By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is still an option for Aston Villa, but he could be joining a Premier League club on loan, according to a reliable journalist.
The 24-year-old right-back has struggled for match time at the Gunners and has spent the last two campaigns on loan at West Ham.
It looks like he could be moving out temporarily again and while Premier League sides are interested, Villa remain an option, reported TalkSport commentator Callum Williams on his personal Twitter account.
Looks like Carl Jenkinson may very well be heading to a PL club on loan. #AVFC still an option.
— Callum Williams (@CalWilliamsComm) January 3, 2017
Broadcaster Williams would appear to have sources with the Midlands club after he broke the news in August that Villa had tabled a bid for Mile Jedinak, while also stating that he had been told players were disappointed with the departure of former boss Roberto Di Matteo.
Steve Bruce could be looking to bring in a new right-back to the club in January with Alan Hutton currently occupying the position.
Jenkinson would be a solid addition for any team in the Championship with one-cap for England, while also winning the FA Cup with Arsenal back in 2014.
He has played just five times for the Gunners this campaign, but with 62 appearances for the north London side in total he still boasts plenty of top level experience.
Football Insider verdict:
Jenkinson would be a fantastic acquisition for Villa and Bruce must do all that he can to bring in the full-back. Fans are fully aware that Hutton is extremely limited at full-back, while when Leandro Bacuna fills in there the back four falls apart. Therefore, Jenkinson would help solidify the back line and could be the difference between the Midlands giants finishing in the play-offs or not. Villa still need to improve on other positions in the window, but Bruce should definitely make the signing of Jenkinson one of his priorities. The Championship side will also be able to offer him more first team football, which could prove key to signing him.
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