Report: Aston Villa struggling to convince Carl Jenkinson, West Ham favourites to sign him

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are struggling to convince Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson into making a move to Villa Park.

Villa are in the market for new signings in January despite a strong run of results under new manager Bruce, having won six of his 11 games in charge.

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Bruce’s men currently sit six points off the Championship play-off places, and the Villa boss will be looking to add new faces to his squad during next month’s transfer window, right right back a particular area of concern.

Ritchie De Laet arrived from Leicester City over the summer, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in September, and neither Alan Hutton or Leandro Bacuna have proven themselves worthy of nailing down the right back spot in the long term.

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With De Laet still having a future at Villa Park, Bruce needs a right back to fill in until the end of the season, but Villa are reportedly struggling to land their top loan target.

The Birmingham Mail claim that Villa want to take Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson on loan for the rest of the campaign, but face missing out to West Ham United on the deal, with Slaven Bilic’s men allegedly favourites to sign him.

Jenkinson, 24, is down the pecking order at Arsenal, and could be loaned out to play first-team football in January, with Bruce unsurprisingly keen having admitted his interest in luring him to Hull City in 2014 (Sky Sports).

However, it seems that Villa are struggling to tempt Jenkinson into a move, and he may opt to stay in London again be joining West Ham on loan for a third time, having also spent time with the Hammers during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns.

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