Wilshere deal ‘is possible’, says Bournemouth chairman

Date published: Tuesday 27th September 2016 1:24

Jack Wilshere: On loan at Bournemouth

Ambitious Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has not given up hope on signing Jack Wilshere on a permanent deal.

Mostyn and the Cherries lured the out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder south at the end of August with Wilshere signing on a season-long loan deal.

The 24-year-old, who has struggled with injuries over the last few years, has started the Cherries’ last two games and the club have won two of the three Premier League games he has featured in.

And Mostyn is hopeful that a permanent deal can be worked out next summer.

“I think anything is possible,” Mostyn said while speaking at Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester. “The best we can do is integrate Jack into the team and help him fulfil what he wants.

“Whether or not we will go beyond a season, I think everything is possible. You have to be realistic and Jack may well consider his home to be back at Arsenal.

“If that was the case then we couldn’t disagree with his decision – and the decision will be his.

“But if there is a possibility and Eddie Howe decides that he’s somebody he wants to keep it will be up to him.

“He will have to persuade [owner] Maxim Demin to unload a huge treasure chest in order to keep him.

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“That would be the $64m question – it may even be the £64m transfer fee!”

Wilshere is hoping he can kickstart his career at Dean Court after making just one start for Arsenal in the Premier League last year due to a hairline fracture in his lower leg.

Both Roma and AC Milan were interested in taking the player, but neither could agree a deal which has cost Bournemouth £2million in the form of a loan fee and £90,000-a-week in wages.

Earlier this month Wilshere insisted he did not want to think about contract talks with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger revealed that Arsenal were planning to offer Wilshere a new deal in December, with the midfielder’s current contract only having another two seasons left to run.

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However, the England international said he just wanted to focus on getting back to his best.

When asked about Wenger’s comments, Wilshere replied: “I don’t really want to talk about that at the moment.

“I’ve come here and I just want to get as many games as possible. I’m a Bournemouth player now in my head. I want to help Bournemouth get as high up the league and possible and also for myself I want to play 25 or 30 games this year. So I’m not really thinking about contracts or anything.

“I’m taking each game as it comes and working hard at training and in the gym to give myself the best opportunity I can at the weekend.”

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