In Focus: West Ham don’t need Jack Wilshere when they have Manuel Lanzini

According to reports in The Telegraph, West Ham United will face competition from Crystal Palace in the battle to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Irons have been consistently linked with a move for Wilshere in 2017, with the Daily Star reporting in September that the 25-year-old hopes his boyhood club make a move for him in the New Year.

However, while the latest Telegraph report lists the Hammers as one of the midfielder’s potential suitors, it adds that Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bring him to Selhurst Park to boost his own team’s survival chances.

How has Wilshere done this season?

Following a season-long loan spell with Bournemouth last term and no progress in extending his Arsenal contract which is due to run out next summer it seemed as though a summer exit was on the cards, but it never materialised.

The 25-year-old has instead knuckled down and made eight appearances in all competitions – with five of those being starts in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup – although he has featured for just 25 minutes in the Premier League.

Having missed out on the latest England squad despite the withdrawals of Fabian Delph and Jake Livermore, Wilshere knows that he must be playing regularly if he wants to have any chance of going to the World Cup next summer.

Are West Ham still interested?

It’s difficult to say.

While they may have been interested when Slaven Bilic was manager, it is certainly unclear whether new boss David Moyes would want the midfielder at the London Stadium.

It would certainly be a risk to sign the injury-hit star and considering the Irons currently find themselves in a relegation battle, it is one that the Scot may not be willing to take.

The fact that they already have a similar player in Manuel Lanzini in their ranks would make a move for Wilshere strange seeing as he has bee playing in a more advanced role for Arsenal this term.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if Wilshere was made available by Arsenal in the New Year then there would certainly be a lot of interested Premier League clubs, but it would remain to be seen whether West Ham would be as determined to sign the 25-year-old as much as Palace boss Roy Hodgson appears to be.