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Defender’s departure from Arsenal still not a done deal

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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce says he is unsure how much progress has been made in their attempt to sign Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson.

Reports have suggested that Jenkinson was on the verge of joining Palace but talking after their 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup last night, Allardyce told reporters that he needed to speak with chairman Steve Parish to understand how far negotiations had progressed.

He is quoted by the Daily Express as saying:

‘I’ll probably be speaking to the chairman tonight to see where that’s at We’ll let you know when we complete deals.We are trying, spreading our wings far and wide. Hopefully in the next 48 hours one of those targets will be saying yes. We’ve made about eight bids and only had one accepted –  for Jeffrey Schlupp.’

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger commented last week that a journalist was “well informed” when he asked whether Jenkinson would be leaving the Emirates for Selhurst Park, but it seems like a transfer could take longer to complete if we go by Allardyce’s comments.

Jenkinson had been sidelined with a serious knee injury he picked up on a loan spell at West Ham last season but returned to first team action in the EFL Cup against Reading back in October. The right-back is unlikely to be given much game time at Arsenal, however, with Hector Bellerin Wenger’s first-choice in the position.

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