West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has spoken out about rumours he is about to land Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson on a permanent deal.

Earlier this week it had been widely reported that Arsenal wanted £12m for the player but speaking in his press conference ahead of their game in the FA Cup this week, Allardyce said when questioned about the price tag

“Who told you that? A paper? Who told that paper?

“I read in the paper that they only wanted £4million. It is all about speculation at this stage. Everyone is speculating on price and when the deal can be done.

“When the season is over we will look at the players here, who are out of contract and on loan and then decide.

“There has been no discussion with Arsenal about if he is available or what price.”

I’m not alone in wanting Jenks to make it at Arsenal, he really is the fairytale story of a ‘fan done good’ but with Mathieu Debuchy already the number one and Hector Bellerin making huge strides as well as Calum Chambers, it’s hard to see where Arsenal fit the former Charlton man into the squad.

As much as he loves Arsenal, the player himself has recently spoken about playing every week.

He told reporters

“I didn’t want to have another season sitting on the bench.

“It was starting to drive me up the wall a little bit, I wanted to get out and play football, and I’ve realised that I’m happiest when I’m playing regular football.”

It’s hard to see him with a future at Arsenal but, of course, I’d love to be completely wrong.

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