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Crystal Palace Boss Sam Allardyce Confirms Deal To Sign Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Carl Jenkinson looks on during an Arsenal training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain at London Colney on November 22, 2016 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that an agreement is in place to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson until the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger had revealed last week that the two clubs were in the process of ironing out a deal to take the right-back to Selhurst Park, and a deal now appears to have been struck.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Sam Allardyce manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on January 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s FA Cup third round replay against his former club Bolton Wanderers, Allardyce stated that, to the best of his knowledge, the Palace Hierarchy have come to an agreement with Arsenal for the 24-year-old, pending talks with the player and his agent.

While Allardyce was non-committal on confirming whether or not the deal was a permanent one, reports over the weekend suggested that it would be, with a £3m offer for the player apparently on the table.

Jenkinson has made just one Premier League appearance this season – at Old Trafford of all places – as he has struggled to get ahead of Héctor Bellerín in the pecking order.

Signed from Charlton Athletic in 2011, the boyhood Gunners fan has had an injury-hit few years at the Emirates Stadium, and when he suffered a significant knee injury in January 2016 while on loan at West Ham, the prospects for him developing enough to have a long-term future at his parent club dwindled.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Carl Jenkinson of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 17, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Palace, for their part, are looking for Jenkinson to provide competition on the right side of defence as Allardyce desperately looks for ways for the Eagles to avoid relegation at the end of the season. The club have already completed the £12m signing of versatile Leicester player Jeffrey Schlupp, while talks to sign former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra are said to be ongoing.

Neither club has commented on the matter through official channels, but expect that to come in due course.

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