Sunderland’s hopes of signing Carl Jenkinson will depend on the player himself after Arsenal accepted a loan fee for the full-back.
Reports over the weekend suggested Jenkinson was on Sunderland’s radar as a loan target after the England Under-21 international enjoyed a successful stint with West Ham last season.
Jenkinson must still consent to moving to the Stadium of Light after enjoying his time at West Ham.
Arsenal are thought to have agreed to Sunderland’s offer of around £1.5million, with the Black Cats covering the cost of Jenkinson’s wages for the course of the season.
But Jenkinson must still consent to moving to the Stadium of Light after enjoying his time at West Ham.
The Hammers are thought to be interested in re-signing the 23-year-old, but are yet to make a firm approach to Arsenal, with Sunderland making the early running for the defender.
Sunderland have been tracking Jenkinson’s progress previously and were interested in him last summer, prior to his move to Upton Park.
And with out-of-contract Anthony Reveillere released, Sunderland are in the market for at least one full-back, with Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt currently the only specialists on the club’s books.
Santiago Vergini spent long periods of last season in the right-back slot, yet the Argentine will not necessarily be at Sunderland next season, despite the Black Cats being duty-bound to sign him on a permanent basis.
As reported over the weekend, Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys – who signed Sunderland flop Nacho Scocco last summer – have made Vergini their number one defensive target.
Vergini, who enjoyed a previous spell with Newell’s early in his career, is due to join Sunderland for a £2million fee after making the required number of appearances during last season’s loan spell.
But with the dismissal of ex-head coach Gus Poyet, Sunderland are thought to be open to either selling Vergini on, or allowing another club to buy out their permanent clause from Costa Rican club Sport Uruguay de Coronado .
Vergini, himself, is currently in his homeland visiting his family.