West Ham United chairman David Gold has confirmed that Carl Jenkinson remains a transfer priority even though Sunderland have reportedly had a £2 million loan fee accepted by Arsenal.
The right-back made 29 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season as they finished 12th in the table.
Eager to ensure new boss Slaven Bilic has suitable cover in defence, Gold told the BBC that a move for Jenkinson is still being worked on.
“We know we need a right-back and will work tirelessly to bring in Carl. If that does not work out, we have other irons in the fire.
“We said to Slaven ‘get your priority list and let’s see what we can do’. We have a track record of working with our managers.”
It’s thought Jenkinson would prefer to stay in London rather than make the move to the North East. Either way a decision on his future is unlikely to be reached until the 23-year-old returns from the under-21 European Championships in the Czech Republic.
West Ham qualified for the Europa League via UEFA’s Fair Play system and potentially face six games in the competition before the Premier League even starts. Their first game is scheduled to be on 2 July.