Rangers-linked Jack Wilshere seems set for a January move to English Championship club Bournemouth which should pour cold water over any transfer speculation about his future.
Wilshere has been without a club since being released by West Ham but has attracted interest from Major League Soccer sides and Premier League club West Brom.
He revealed to Sky Sports in October he was considering his options, which prompted some including former England international Darren Bent to tip him for a move to Ibrox, after admitting he wants a new challenge.
Every club has them – the transfers that got away, the fantasies that caused you many a sleepless night, and the dreams that never came true.
Links to Wilshere almost certainly fall into the latter category, as it was never likely to happen anyway, and even if by some remote chance he actually came close to joining the 54-time Scottish champions, there is no way Ross Wilson would’ve even sanctioned a move after seeing his excessive wages.
During his injury-stricken spell at West Ham, the 28-year-old earned around £100,000-per-week at the London Stadium, as per SalarySport. If we’re being honest, there’s just no way Rangers simply would’ve been able to afford such a colossal salary, with veteran striker Jermain Defoe currently the club’s highest-paid player at £65,000-per-week. His wage demands would’ve seen him top the charts by quite some margin.
He even moved to stifle rumours himself after he admitted his own desire was to play elsewhere.
“It would interest me because it’s Steven Gerrard,” Wilshere told the Dubai Eye.
“That’s no disrespect to Scotland.
“It never crossed my mind playing there but now that Gerrard’s there the door certainly isn’t closed but it wouldn’t be my first choice.”
That being sad, there’s no doubting that Wilshere is a talented player, having been named Arsenal’s Player of the Year at the end of the 2010-11 season, but sadly injuries have taken their toll on a player once tipped to become England’s next Paul Gascoigne. Last season, he managed just ten appearances across all competitions, as per Transfermarkt.
Wherever Wilshere does end up he will no doubt be raring to go after a few months out of the game.
But it seems like Rangers fans will finally be able to put this high-profile transfer rumour to rest as all signs seem to point towards a return to the Vitality Stadium.
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