Glasgow Celtic are understood to have shown an interest in signing Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson this summer, but face competition from Besiktas for his services, according to Turkish media outlet Fotomac.

The Bhoys are in the hunt for a right-back in this transfer window, with recent occupant of that position Mikael Lustig widely expected to depart Celtic Park when his current contract expires at the end of the month.

It would appear that the days are numbered at Arsenal for Jenkinson, who even after Hector Bellerin’s serious injury could only feature eight times for the Gunners, making him a perfect option for Celtic.

The defender burst onto the scene at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, but has failed to really kick on in his career and it might be in his best interests to seek a new challenge, an opinion the Bhoys would certainly appear to agree with.

If Celtic are to land the England international they are going to have to be strong in their discussions, because both Besiktas and Championship outfit West Bromwich Albion are understood to be in the running for him, according to the report.

While little is known about any offers from the Baggies, the terms put forward by the Turkish giants are said to be better than that banded around regarding the Bhoys.

It is not clear whether the 27-year-old would want to move overseas at this stage of his career though, so two things which could put Celtic in front in any negotiations are the fact he can remain in the UK if he signs with them, and also that a place in their first-team may well be open for him to fill.

A possible stumbling block for the Bhoys could be the large wage Jenkinson is currently on at the Emirates Stadium, but the lure of Glasgow could yet overcome that.


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