Everton are on high alert after Jack Wilshere told TalkSport he has yet to talk to Arsenal about a new contract.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast this morning, Wilshere said he has not yet decided on a contract and will discuss it in the summer.
“When the time is right we’ll have a conversation and see how we go from there.”
Wilshere may or may not be at the world cup with England this summer, but with his contract set to run out and no signs of a new one to come, it could be a bidding war for wages between Everton and West Ham.
Wilshere is reportedly on £90,000 at Arsenal, so Everton should be careful about entering a bidding war for the midfielder this summer.
There has never been any doubt about Wilshere’s quality when he’s fit, but his injury record will be a major concern for both interested parties, even if he is prepared to take a reduction in wages.
Everton will be at a sort of breaking point this summer. Make the right moves and strengthen the squad, and they could challenge for a European birth next season, but overpay for unproven and unreliable talents and it could be a disaster. This is exactly why Wilshere would be a huge risk.
Wilshere would make a handy partner to Idrissa Gueye in the heart of Everton’s midfield, but the Englishman has only started ten league matches this season. In fact, in his last five Premier League seasons, Wilshere has only started an average of eight games.
Bringing in a player who will miss most of the season and making him one of the highest earners at the club will annoy the fans and could even upset the dressing room. Everton should only pursue Wilshere if he is happy to take a significant pay cut, and base his bonuses around playing time.
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