Forest should sign Jenkinson as defensive cover after landing Byram

After completing the temporary signing of West Ham right-back Sam Byram, Nottingham Forest should target Arsenal outcast Carl Jenkinson to provide defensive cover across the back four.

What’s the story?

According to The Sun, new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will let Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell leave the Emirates this month, with clubs across Europe still able to sign players from the Premier League despite the English clubs being unable to sign replacements.

Clubs in the Football League are also still able to sign players, but only on loan deals or free transfers until the end of August, and so Forest should take advantage of the system to secure a loan deal from the Premier League.

Jenkinson has been at Arsenal since they signed him from Charlton in the summer of 2011, but spent last season on loan in the Championship with Birmingham. The 26-year-old managed just nine games in all competitions for the Blues though thanks to a shoulder injury and looks set to leave Arsenal this summer.

Defensive cover

Forest secured the loan signing of West Ham’s Byram at the end of last week, but the full-back didn’t feature in his new side’s first win of the season against Reading on the weekend. Aitor Karanka’s side had drawn their first two fixtures and looked light at the back so Jenkinson could offer a quick fix.

The Arsenal man has one cap for the England national team and can play in any position across the back four. Valued at just £3.15m by Transfermarkt, any obligation to buy clause in a loan deal could also represent a bargain for Forest.

Karanka has made 13 signings already this summer, with the help of super agent Jorge Mendes, as the Reds look for promotion to the Premier League.