23-year old Carl Jenkinson has reportedly caught the eye of Liverpool manager, Brendan after impressing at West Ham this season. Having covered up for former team mate, Bacary Sagna last season, Jenkinson’s temporal leave from the Emirates was as a result of lack of playing time which spurred Arsenal boss, Arsenal Wenger to send him to West Ham on a loan deal.
With a loan move away from the Emirates, Liverpool are reported to be interested in seeing the player switch allegiance on a permanent basis having impressed at West Ham under Sam Allardyce.
And with Glen Johnson reportedly close to leaving Anfield at the end of the season, a replacement in Carl Jenkinson is Rodgers bet as the Reds’ manager is said to be willing to offer £7 million to see the full back at Anfield.
While the 23-year old is said to be enjoying his playing time at Upton Park, a return to the Emirates may be unlikely for the full back whose absence has seen the emergence of Hector Bellerin. And with Mathieu Debuchy sidelined for almost the remainder of the season, Carl Jenkinson may plunge deeper in the ranks of full backs at the Emirates.
Initial reports suggested that West Ham have been planning to seal the 23-year old to Upton Park on a permanent but may likely face a stiff competition from Liverpool who see the young full back as an ideal replacement for Glen Johnson.
Spanish youngster, Bellerin is reportedly set to pen a new contract with Arsenal and could further complicate Jenkinson’s return to be with the Gunners. The 23-year old, earlier this year had disclosed that he needed to leave Arsenal on loan to save his career.
“I didn’t want to have another season sitting on the bench,” he said.
“It was starting to drive me up the wall a little bit, I wanted to get out and play football, and I’ve realized that I’m happiest when I’m playing regular football.
“I wanted to go to a team where I was going to learn and improve and I think I’m definitely doing that here at West Ham.”
With soothing words and assurance of first team football from Brendan Rodgers, Jenkinson could leave Arsenal for good in search of a future with Liverpool.
And with Wenger, having signed the youngster from Charlton for €1.13 million in 2011, a £7 million bid could see him release the player.