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.
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.
SA: I think that’s negotiation between the chairman and the agent, but we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal [for Jenkinson].
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 16, 2017
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.
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.