Crystal Palace to step up interest in Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson - sources

Crystal Palace are set to rekindle their interest in Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson in the summer, sources close to Palace have told ESPN FC.

Jenkinson came close to joining the South London club during the January transfer window only for the move to fall at the final hurdle.

Palace boss Sam Allardyce is an admirer of the England international after working with him at West Ham United and he has made a new right-back one of his top priorities.

Jenkinson has found first-team opportunities limited since recovering from a knee injury he suffered while on loan at West Ham last January.

He has made only five appearances this season, with his last outing coming in the November defeat to Southampton in the EFL Cup quarterfinal.

Hector Bellerin was first-choice at right-back at the start of the season and Gabriel Paulista has since been used in that position ahead of Jenkinson.

Arsene Wenger's switch to a 3-4-3 formation has pushed him further down the pecking order, and sources have told ESPN FC that Palace are ready to move.