Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is keen on a move to West Ham United, but the East London outfit are reluctant due to the player’s injury history and wage demands, according to insider ExWHUEmployee.
The England international’s future remains unclear as he has not yet put pen to paper on a new contract at the Emirates.
Wilshere will become a free agent if he opts not to commit to the Gunners, and that could spark a scramble for his signature.
West Ham have regularly been linked to the 26-year-old, but according to reliable source ExWHUEmployee – via thewesthamway.co.uk – the club do not hold an interest in the midfielder.
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The insider claims that Wilshere’s long-term injury problems coupled with the fact that he currently earns £120,000 per week, according to The Sun, has put West Ham off.
ExWHUEmployee did add, though, that the midfielder is interested in moving to the club, which may result in the hierarchy trying to lower his wage demands.
If it is true that Wilshere is keen to move to the London Stadium, then it seems strange for the club to dismiss a move.
A transfer fee will not be required due to the fact that he will be out of contract, and while wage demands are a legitimate concern, if some players are offloaded during the summer window, it will free up some cash.
Arguably, the more pressing issue is Wilshere’s injury record, and it is a poor one.
Prior to the 2017-18 campaign, Wilshere had made just 44 Premier League appearances in three seasons.
Recently, though, the midfielder has proven his fitness, and if he is keen to join the Hammers then he will certainly give his most to perform, particularly now that he has to fight his way back into the England squad.
At this stage, West Ham should not give up on a potential deal.