The future of Jack Wilshere has been debated feverishly, with Arsenal apparently willing to let him leave the Emirates this summer.
The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, is in the final year of his contract – with no sign that Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger is ready to offer him a new deal. Wilshere is currently recovering from a fractured leg that he sustained against Tottenham Hotspur in April and has yet to feature in pre-season.
Several clubs have been linked with a bid for Wilshere in this transfer window. A report in the Daily Star claims he is open to moving to West Ham United, who have already signed Marko Arnautovic and Joe Hart on loan. Javier Hernandez is also due to join the Hammers in the next couple of days.
The latest club to express an interest in Wilshere, who has 34 England caps to his name, is Swansea City. According to the Telegraph, Swans boss Paul Clement is keen to snap him up, particularly in light of continuing speculation that playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson is primed for a big-money move to Ronald Koeman’s Everton.
With Bournemouth having seemingly ruled themselves out of the running for a permanent deal, despite a largely successful loan spell on the south coast, it could well be a two-way battle for Wilshere’s signature. The Telegraph say that Arsenal value him at £20 million, while Sky Sports say the Gunners have already rejected a bid of £6 million plus £1.5 million in add-ons from Italian side Sampdoria.
Although Clement performed miracles at Swansea last season to keep the club in the Premier League, West Ham would be a much more attractive proposition to Wilshere. They were his boyhood club and, importantly for a man with a young family, swapping the Emirates for the London Stadium means there would be no need to relocate.
After a disappointing season following the controversial move from Upton Park, Bilic has declared his intentions to rebuild his squad. He is not finished in the transfer market either, and Wilshere would be another welcome addition. If he remains fit for an extended period, then he still has plenty to offer.