West Ham United are closing to agreeing a deal to sign Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal, according to Hull City boss Steve Bruce.
The Gunners have clinched moves for Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers in recent days, deals which are likely to result in limited opportunities for the England international.
Bruce admits that Hull were in the mix to sign Jenkinson on loan but that West Ham are now the favourites to sign the Arsenal defender as he wants to remain in London.
"There are about five or six clubs who would be interested in Carl Jenkinson," he told talkSPORT. "He's a very good player.
"I think Sam [Allardyce] is in the box seat though because they are in London. I think Sam is in the box seat with it so I am led to believe. There was a point we showed an interest but when
"There was a point we showed an interest but when a really good young player comes out of Arsenal, or one of the big clubs, then a club like ours will always be taking a look
"He's got the choice of five or six clubs. But we did show a interest but I am led to believe that the boy wants to stay in London."
Jenkinson, who joined Arsenal in 2011 from Charlton Athletic, would become West Ham's sixth summer signing after the additions of Mauro Zarate, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Diego Poyet and Enner Valencia.
However, news of the deal comes amid controversy at Upton Park, after co-owner David Gold was forced to comment on the future of Allardyce after favouring a tweet on Twitter asking for his resignation.
Allardyce came under pressure from supporters last season for a negative style of play as West Ham became embroiled in a relegation battle, but after agreeing to remain at the club was forced to conform to a new style of play.
But those terms don't seem to have deterred Iron fans from calling for Allardyce's removal as boss, but Gold has denied the club are ready for a change of manager.