Crystal Palace are keen on landing long-serving Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, if the 26-year-old leaves the Emirates this summer, according to reports from Evening Standard.
A move to Selhurst Park would reunite Wilshere with Roy Hodgson, his former England manager and a coach, whose belief in the Gunner is undeniable.
Hodgson displayed his admiration for the midfielder, after taking him the 2016 Euros despite him barely playing all season and he believes he could add the perfect balance to the Eagles’ midfield alongside enforcer Luka Milivojevic.
Wilshere was left out of the England squad for the World Cup this summer due to his diminished role with Arsenal, and revealed his “disappointment” on the day through his official Twitter account.
It now appears he will prioritise making himself essential at both club and international level next season, and that is unlikely with Arsenal.
Having improved his fitness, which has widely been considered his primary weakness, making 38 appearances in all competitions last season, Wilshere could become a serious asset at Selhurst Park, and fans have taken to Twitter to discuss the reports.
Here’s the reaction:
I feel we will probably only sign two first teamers, one attacking midfielder, if Yohan goes Jack makes sense, but otherwise who would he fit in? The other should obviously be a forward. Either way it would be good if we don’t bugger about as we normally do.
— Dave Hill (@Cpfc1905Dh) June 15, 2018
Come to palace jack
— Steven (@Steven_cpfc11) June 18, 2018
Signing for Palace in the next week mate go on you know you want too and your be back in the England squad sooner than you know it.. Guaranteed regular playing time at Palace under Roy as well lad. Good fan base too jack who would keep going though out the game ???
— Lukey (@lukeyCPFC34) June 18, 2018
Palace, Jack. You know it makes sense.
— Sam • ??????? (@SWPalace) June 18, 2018
Now we are seeing genuine reports concerning Jack. Got to say, I think he would add a lot to #cpfc but I suspect it would be either Jack Wilshere or RLC not both. (though both would be just fine as well.)
— Jim Foster (@jimbo2556) June 18, 2018
Would be delighted if this came off. Okay fitness record in the past two seasons hopefully means the days of playing five games a season are behind him.
— Robbie Welch (@RobWelch2000) June 15, 2018
Yohan Cabaye’s situation is currently unresolved at Selhurst Park, with reports suggesting that the 32-year-old could potentially move to Ligue 1 giants Marseille this summer, and the Frenchman would need replacing.
Having joined in 2015 for £10 million from French champions Paris Saint Germain, the veteran midfielder played a key role in the Eagles relegation survival, acting as the catalyst for control and mobility in the centre of the park.
And Wilshere would play a similar role. His agility and vision are reminiscent of Cabaye, but he has far more left in the tank.
It is safe to say the Englishman would be a real coup for Hodgson at Palace this summer and the fans agree its a deal the club should make happen.