Jack Wilshere is set to be one of the most sought-after free agents on the transfer market this summer and right now it seems uncertain where the ex-Arsenal man will play next season.
The 26-year-old was released by the Gunners at the end of his contract and for the first time during his career he is now looking for a permanent deal at another club.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the central midfielder has held positive discussions with Premier League outfit West Ham United and new boss Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly held talks with the player already.
The Hammers will be looking to hit the ground running under the management of the former Manchester City boss and signing Wilshere would certainly represent an ambitious move.
As with any transfer there will be both pros and cons to West Ham completing a deal for Wilshere and here we analyse a couple of those in a bit more detail…
Pro: Quality player
At 26 years of age, Wilshere still has several years left ahead of him and West Ham United would get one of the very best central midfielders in the Premier League should they manage to conclude a deal.
Wilshere played in 20 top flight games last season and his vast experience of playing in the Premier League is surely a big factor in Pellegrini’s decision to go chasing his signature.
Con: Suspect injury record
It isn’t uncommon knowledge that Wilshere has struggled with several injury problems over the years and that has to be a primary concern for any potential suitor that wants to offer the player a contract.
Although last season was much better for the midfielder the Hammers would still be taking a pretty substantial gamble on a player who is more than capable of breaking down and being out for months.
Pro: A point to prove
Wilshere is Arsenal born and bred and not receiving a new deal at the Emirates Stadium will have hurt him no end.
That would go a long way towards suggesting that whoever is fortunate enough to tie him down to a contract will get a player with a serious desire to prove the Gunners wrong.
Pellegrini demands that his players work hard on the pitch and given West Ham’s recent poor performances on the pitch, his signing would certainly offer the club a player who would genuinely care about the badge he wears on his chest each week.
Con: Exactly what would he offer?
During his entire career at Arsenal, Wilshere made just 30 assists in close to 200 games and there is an argument that asks exactly what the versatile midfielder would offer a West Ham side who are desperately short of quality.
The Hammers can ill-afford anymore passengers in their squad and although Wilshere can operate in a number of midfield roles it remains to be seen whether he is the type of player that they should be pursuing as a priority this summer.