Transfer Talk: Arsenal's Jenkinson joins West Ham on loan
West Ham United have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of England fullback Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal on a season-long loan, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
The 22-year-old joined Arsenal from Charlton Athletic in 2011, making 57 appearances as back-up to first-choice right back Bacary Sagna.
After Sagna joined ManchesterCity in June, Arsenal replaced him with Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy and Southampton's Calum Chambers has also joined the club, so Jenkinson was allowed to seek a loan move by manager Arsene Wenger.
"I was flattered to have a lot of options but, deep down, if I was being honest with myself West Ham was always the place I wanted to go to," Jenkinson told the east London club's official website (www.whufc.com).
He becomes West Ham's sixth signing of the close season following the arrival of forwards Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia, Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, defender Aaron Cresswell and midfielder Diego Poyet.
West Ham begin their Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham Hotspur on August 16.
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Image: Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal
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Tottenham agree deal to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Dier
Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign English defender Eric Dier from Portuguese side Sporting, subject to the 20-year-old passing a medical, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
The versatile England Under-21 international is expected to cost about four million pounds ($6.75 million), said British media reports.
"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Sporting Lisbon for the transfer of Eric Dier, subject to the player passing a medical," the Premier League club said on their official website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com).
After moving to Portugal as a 10-year-old, Dier, who had a loan spell at Everton in 2011, joined Sporting and made 30 appearances for the Lisbon club.
He will become new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino's third singing following the arrival of Wales defender Ben Davies and Netherlands goalkeeper Michel Vorm, both from SwanseaCity.
Image: Eric Dier
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