West Ham to rival Bournemouth in battle for Arsenal star

Date published: Monday 3rd April 2017 9:17

Jack Wilshere: West Ham and Bournemouth both keen on midfielder.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has admitted he wants to sign Jack Wilshere on a permanent deal but faces competition from West Ham.

Wilshere’s time at Arsenal appears to be coming to an end, with his contract up at The Emirates at the end of next season.

With the midfielder keen on playing regular first-team football, doubts over his chance of consistent game time at Arsenal could see him leave the club permanently this summer.

Wilshere is currently on loan at Bournemouth, making 24 appearances for the Cherries in the Premier League and the south coast side are keen on turning the deal into a permanent one.

Speaking about the possibility of signing the midfielder, Cherries boss Howe said: “I’ve always said that we love Jack and we would love to sign him as a football club, but that decision will rest with Arsenal, Jack and other people.

“It’s out of our hands. And he may well see his future as being elsewhere.

“He said when he came that he would totally commit to us for the season and then in the summer he would sort out his future beyond that.”

And now, according to the Sun, West Ham are also keen on signing the England international in the summer.

“West Ham want Jack and have put feelers out – which haven’t been rejected,” a source told the paper.

“Staying in London appeals to Jack and with West Ham now in the Olympic Stadium he can see a club as one that can challenge for European football.”

The report claims West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold are in the market for a marquee signing this summer, with an attacking midfielder topping their wish list as they look to replace Dimitri Payet, who left the London side to join Marseille in January.

Despite enjoying his time at Bournemouth, the midfielder is said to be keen on joining a bigger club this summer, which could see West Ham pip their fellow Premier League side to his signature.


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