Sam Allardyce

Arsenal defender wants too much from Crystal Palace

Update on Carl Jenkinson

Sam Allardyce has lost out in the transfer market, as his quest to sign Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal in the January window seems to have ended in defeat.

Crystal Palace are in the Premier League relegation dogfight this season, and Big Sam wants to add extra defensive cover for the second half of the season.

Jeffrey Schlupp has arrived from Leicester to offer options at left-back, while Jenkinson was being eyed up for a similar role down Palace’s right hand side.

But that deal has been sunk by the player’s demands, as reported by the Guardian:

Crystal Palace’s search for recruits has been frustrated after they failed to agree personal terms with the Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson following lengthy talks with the player and his representative.

Palace had reportedly agreed a £7m transfer fee with the Gunners, but the Guardian state the player’s wage demands tanked the deal:

The right-back, who played on loan under Sam Allardyce at West Ham, earns around £40,000 a week and is contracted to the summer of 2018. Palace are understood to have been willing to match that salary but the player is seeking an improvement on terms.

Where does that leave Palace?

The Eagles take on Everton this weekend at Selhurst Park in a must win match for Palace.

Allardyce will be hoping the win over Bolton in the cup in midweek, settled by a Christian Beneteke double, will boost morale in the camp.

On the recruitment front, although the Jenkinson deal appears to be dead, you’d suspect Palace will find an alternative solution before the window closes.

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