West Ham believe the odds are stacked in their favour of re-signing Carl Jenkinson on loan this season.
The Gunners right back – currently on England under 21 duty- will make his decision when he returns but the Irons feel they have an outstanding chance of keeping him at the Boleyn.
Sunderland and the Hammers have both agreed a loan fee for the player at £1.5 million but the player will want to negotiate his personal deal.
We understand that Arsenal were forced to drop the fee after neither club were prepared to meet their original £2million despite reports that Sunderland had topped that demand!
A key insider told ClaretandHugh exclusively: “We feel that Carl is likely to come back here. He loved last season and is a London boy.He has a girlfriend here and is very settled in the capital.
“To go to the north east is a massive upheaval for them both and I think that gives us a big edge. I’d personally be very surprised if he would not want to come back here.
“We will wait for him to come back and hopefully get something sorted out as quickly as possible. We think the odds are stacked in our favour”