Crystal Palace agree transfer fee for Arsenal defender

Crystal Palace and Arsenal have reached an agreement over the sale of Carl Jenkinson, as Sam Allardyce continues to look for additions to his squad.

Despite now being in charge of the Eagles for five matches Allardyce has yet to task victory on his return to management, with the latest outing a 3-0 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday. This was Palace’s seventh game without a win, and the loss leaves them fourth from bottom and only out of the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.

It is clear Allardyce has a big job on his hands to keep the Selhurst Park club in the Premier League, and he will hope to boost his squad during January to boost their chances. So far, only Jeffrey Schlupp, the Ghanaian international, has arrived in a £12million deal from Leicester City, but the capital club could be about to land Jenkinson.

A fee has been agreed for the permanent transfer of the 24-year-old fullback, who is a lifelong Arsenal supporter but has been unable to force his way into their first team on a regular basis. The England international, who has one cap for his country, impressed on loan at West Ham United under Allardyce, who is now hoping for a reunion.

“I think that’s (down to) negotiations between the chairman and the player’s agent,” said the Palace manager, who went on to explain that any other incomings are likely to arrive from abroad. “We’ve exhausted this country. They’re a really big price. Schlupp’s actually quite cheap compared to what we’ve been quoted for other players.”

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