West Ham United are hopeful of agreeing a deal with Arsenal to bring Carl Jenkinson back to the club, says co-chairman David Gold.
Jenkinson, 23, enjoyed an impressive spell on loan at the Hammers last season. In May, Arsene Wenger indicated the player could still remain at the Emirates for the 2015-16 season, but with Mathieu Debuchy, Hector Bellerin and Callum Chambers already in contention for a role at right back, first team opportunities could prove difficult to come by for Jenkinson.
The England Under-21 international was very much part of first team plans at Upton Park last season, making 36 appearances, and new manager Slaven Bilic is hopeful he will return for the new campaign.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Gold said: "We are working very hard to try and get Carl back here."
West Ham begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday 2 May against Andorran side FC Lusitans at Upton Park. This season, the club face the task of striking a balance between Europe and domestic matters, something many sides before them have failed at, but Gold believes the club will continue working to build a squad capable of handling the demands of both.
"We recognise this is an important season for us and being in Europe we will go the extra mile to ensure we have got the strongest possible squad we can muster."
West Ham have already signed three players to their squad - Dimitri Payet from Marseille, Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria and goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Birmingham City.
The club are also reportedly close to agreeing a deal that will bring midfielder Alex Song back to the club from Barcelona. According to the Mail, the Cameroon international has agreed personal terms with the Hammers and is waiting for the two clubs to agree a fee.