West Ham are desperate to beat Sunderland to the loan signing of Carl Jenkinson and take the Arsenal defender back to Upton Park.
Sunderland have seen a loan bid accepted by the Gunners for Jenkinson, which would see the Black Cats cover the England Under-21 international’s wages during a season-long stint at the Stadium of Light.
But Jenkinson, himself, is yet to agree to the switch, with West Ham hoping they can gazump Sunderland’s move and seal a loan deal themselves.
Jenkinson - currently with the England U21 squad at the European Championships - enjoyed a successful season-long loan with the Hammers last season and co-chairman David Gold has confirmed that new boss Slaven Bilic wants to re-sign the 23-year-old.
“We know we need a right-back and will work tirelessly to bring in Carl,” Gold told the BBC.
“If that does not work out, we have other irons in the fire.
“We said to Slaven ‘get your priority list and let’s see what we can do’.
“We have a track record of working with our managers.”
Sunderland are in the market for at least one new full-back this summer after the departure of out-of-contract Anthony Reveillere has left Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt as the only specialists in that department.
The Black Cats are also planning to make the most of their domestic loan quota, with the club able to sign two players from Premier League rivals.