The Hammers have been given a boost as Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere continues to stall on a new deal.
Jack Wilshere has revealed that he is not any closer to signing a new deal with the North London club despite January being just around the corner. This should be a huge help to West Ham who have been tracking Wilshere for the past 12 months. Wilshere’s exit has seemed more likely since his return to Arsenal after a loan spell at AFC Bournemouth. The 25-year-old has failed to gain a regular place in the starting XI and moving in January would be crucial if Wilshere wants to be on the plane to Russia next summer. Gareth Southgate will be looking at many different options in midfield and Wilshere will need to be playing first team football weekly if he wants to impress the England manager. Wilshere started his first Premier League game in an Arsenal shirt in 577 days on Wednesday night against West Ham.
The English midfielder is a boyhood West Ham fan, but has also been linked with clubs such as Real Betis and Sampdoria in recent weeks. The Hammers would seem to be the most obvious choice, not only because it means Wilshere can stay in England, but also because one of West Ham’s midfielders, Manuel Lanzini, has been struggling to find his form lately. Mark Noble is another player who, despite still playing well, isn’t getting any younger, and a replacement may be needed sooner or later.
When asked about his future at Arsenal, Wilshere said: “No, there’s no update on the contract – we’re in the same position as we were two weeks ago. There’s not really a date in the diary,”
“I’ve only read what he’s [Wenger] said in the media. I’ve just played my first game in the Premier League, I’m concentrating on staying fit and staying in this team.
“That will look after itself. When it’s the right time to talk about it, I’m sure the boss will call me and we’ll have a chat”.
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