Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the club has come to an agreement with Arsenal over a possible deal to sign Carl Jenkinson. The 24-year-old has been linked with a £3m move to Selhurst Park this month, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealing that the deal should be completed early this week.
However, Allardyce insists that terms have not yet been agreed with the full-back and hinted that he has expanded his transfer network in an attempt to attract more players to the club following the £12m arrival of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City. But it appears that Big Sam is still looking for a replacement.
The right back position has still been an area of concern for the Eagles this season. For a number of seasons Joel Ward has been the usual first choice defender, but Jenkinson’s arrival could add more competition in the position and could find his place under threat.
Allardyce was quoted saying,” I think that’s negotiation between the chairman and the agent, but we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal [for Jenkinson].”
“While we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal, that agreement with the player hasn’t reached a conclusion, so that’s hanging in the balance, as we say.
“We’re still searching for players. We’ve exhausted this country, we’re more looking at the European element now, because of the vast cost of the players in this country. They’re a really big price.”
Fellow right-back Mathieu Debuchy could also be on the move, with Wenger revealing: “The door is not definitely closed.”
Jenkinson has made just one Premier League appearance this season, playing 83 minutes in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United in November. The Englishman is looking for more game-time and Palace is a club that could certainly give him that.