Aug 31, 2017
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West Ham turn to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere – Is a loan deal in the offing?

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In a perhaps not so surprising late transfer rumour, The Sun believe that West Ham could launch a deadline day move to bring Arsenal reject Jack Wilshere to east London. The Irons are believed to be keen on a potential season long loan deal which they could tie up before the 11pm deadline.

What would Wilshere bring to the London Stadium?

Firstly, Wilshere would add depth to a weak spot in the West Ham squad. Slaven Bilic has been forced to select youngster Declan Rice in the middle of the park in recent weeks and whilst Rice has done well, results have not been up to scratch.

He would also offer a slightly different option. Whilst the Hammers do have options in midfield, the majority, such as Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble and Cheikou Kouyate are more defensive minded players. Wilshere could offer a more offensive and creative option and even provide cover for Manuel Lanzini in a more advanced role as he continues to struggle with injury.

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Wilshere could also add some passion to the West Ham midfield, something that fans are likely to appreciate. His homegrown status boosts his value for the club too.

Is a move likely?

The report indicates that Wilshere is not West Ham’s first choice, rather he is a back-up option should a move for William Carvalho fail to materialise. That seems strange given that Wilshere is a much more offensive minded player than the Portuguese holding midfielder, but the Hammers are lacking depth in the middle of the park.

Wilshere’s contract is up next summer so Arsenal may be keen to try to get a fee for the once highly rated player. However, with a real lack of interest throughout the summer, they may see a loan deal as the only way to get him off the wage bill for the next year.

That would also give the former England international a better chance of securing a contract next summer, particularly if he impresses in east London. Slaven Bilic and co. may look to use this season as an extended trial period in the hope of snapping up Wilshere on a free transfer next summer. Given he is unlikely to play much more than reserve football for Arsene Wenger this season, it could be a wise move.

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There is certainly a sense that this rumour could be seeing two and two added together to get five. However, despite fitness concerns, there are few midfielders of Wilshere's quality left on the market and the Hammers could need an inspired panic buy to kick start their season.
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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.