By William Joyce
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is set to turn down a move to Hull City and seal a loan switch to West Ham United, Goal understands.
Hull made a €3.75 million bid for the right-back, which the Hammers were not willing to match, but Jenkinson's desire to remain in London has persuaded Arsenal to allow him to move on loan to the Boleyn Ground.
And Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted defeat in the race for the full-back, telling Talksport: “I think there were about five or six clubs who would be interested in Carl Jenkinson. He’s a very, very good player.
“I think Sam Allardyce is in the box seat, because of being in London.
“It was someone who we showed an interest in. But when a really good young player comes out of Arsenal, or one of the big clubs, then a club like ours will always be looking at them.
“He’s got about five or six clubs to choose from but from what I understand he wants to stay in London.”
Goal understands Jenkinson still believes he has a future at the Emirates Stadium, despite the summer arrival of €10m France international Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old defender Calum Chambers has also moved to north London from Southampton in a deal worth €20m.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is a big fan of Jenkinson and will be delighted to have beaten Steve Bruce to the full-back's signature.
Jenkinson, 22, left Charlton for Arsenal in 2011 as a teenager but has failed to hold down a regular first team place at the Emirates.