Odds shorten on Newcastle United nabbing Wilshere from Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere looked to have revived his career during a loan spell at Bournemouth last season.

After lengthy spells on the sidelines with injury, the England international made 27 Premier League appearances, 22 of which were starts.

However, injury struck once again during the closing stages of the campaign, and Wilshere ended his spell at Bournemouth suffering a broken leg.

The 25-year-old has since recovered and is working his way back to first-team fitness by playing for Arsenal’s Under-23s, but with two weeks of the transfer window remaining, the midfielder’s future remains uncertain.

Earlier this week, manager Arsene Wenger told reporters that Wilshere is part of his plans, but it is difficult to envisage the England star playing every week.

Numerous clubs have been linked to the player’s signature, including Italian outfits Sampdoria and Juventus.

According to the bookmakers, though, Newcastle United have a good chance of sealing his signature, with Sky Bet slashing its odds to 5/2.

Arsenal are evens to retain Wilshere’s signature, but it is worth noting that the midfielder has just one year left on his current deal.

If the Gunners opt against selling him in this window, then they risk losing him for free at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has recruited six players so far in this window following the club’s return to the top flight.

If Wilshere can stay fit, then having a player of his calibre in the side would only boost the Magpies’ chances of survival.