West Ham have secured the services of Carl Jenkinson on another season-long loan deal with Arsenal.
Jenkinson was one of the stars of last season and new manager Slaven Bilic has been persuaded it is worth getting the England Under-21 full-back for another spell despite a loan fee of a reported £2million.
The North Londoners have ruled out a permanent deal and given him a five-year contract but the 23-year-old is being kept out of the Arsenal team by Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin.
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West Ham have been busy in the short spell between the end of last season and the beginning of competitive action with four signings. But the cheque book is not yet closed with another three or four deals likely. Roma striker Mattia Destro is the latest in the Boleyn Ground crosshairs.
Co-chairman David Golds has said: “We recognise this is an important season for us, being in Europe, and we will go the extra mile to ensure we have got the strongest possible squad we can muster.”
Meanwhile, the new manager will look to bring more first team players into action in the home tie against Maltese side Birkirkara on Thursday (July 16). The club is looking for another packed ground with £10 ticket prices.