Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has been strongly linked with a switch to Glasgow Rangers in recent months as he is available on a free transfer.
A recent report from talkSPORT, as relayed by TEAMtalk, had revealed that a move to Rangers “should not be ruled out” despite the fact the Gers signed South Africa international Bongani Zungu from French Ligue 2 side Amiens on an initial loan deal on transfer deadline day.
Wilshere was handed a three-year-deal by former West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini in 2018, but this was terminated by mutual consent, which has raised questions over his future.
The Stevenage-born star has been without a club ever since he was released by the Hammers, with rumours linking him with a move to Scotland.
Following months of speculation, he has finally broken his silence, saying he hasn’t been approached by Ross Wilson, but admitting that he is a big fan of Gerrard.
When asked about the reports, Wilshere told Dubai Eye radio, as quoted by The Daily Record: “It would interest me because it’s Steven Gerrard, and that’s no disrespect to Scotland.
“My granddad married a Scottish woman 30 years ago so she’s like my nan and that’s all I’ve known growing up.
“It never crossed my mind playing there, but now that Gerrard’s there, the door definitely isn’t closed.
“But at the same time it wouldn’t be my first choice.
“There’s been no contact.
“I’ve read all the rumours, but honestly, there’s been no contact.
“Listen, I played with Gerrard for England, I watched him growing up. He was one of my heroes growing up and he’s a legend.
“But there’s been no contact.”
The 28-year-old remains a free agent but the Gers may well have an advantage when it comes to potential negotiations with his representatives, considering just how much he admires the manager.
Steven Gerrard’s side have made a strong start to the season, sitting top of the Scottish Premiership after 15 games. Celtic are 11 points behind the Light Blues, but have two games in hand, so Wilshere may be the man to give the Gers a cutting edge in midfield and help them to regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
The Ibrox boss is pretty spoilt for choice in the midfield as he can call upon the likes of Zungu, Scott Arfield, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo, but most, if not all of them, are central and defensive options, so Wilshere might be the man to add some attack-minded talent to the midfield and keep them ahead of the Hoops.
Wilshere has had his fair share of injuries, that much is for certain, but during his time at West Ham, he still showed flashes of his overall brilliance, as he featured eight times for the Hammers in the Premier League in the 2018-19 campaign, registering one assist, whilst he averaged 1.9 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
He demonstrated his versatility during his time at Arsenal as Arsene Wenger deployed him in various positions across the midfield, which would surely be an added bonus when you consider the fact he won’t cost Wilson a penny.
Last month, Barcelona legend Xavi was full of praise for the former England international, saying he would be the best player in Scotland if he reunited with Gerrard at Ibrox, whilst the Gers manager has admitted that he admires his former international teammate in the past.
Xavi told The Daily Record: “Rangers could be a very good fit for him. The pace in Scotland is not as fast as England and it would give him more time on the ball. That is where he excels, his vision and passing is incredible.”
It goes without saying that Wilshere could be a shrewd signing, especially when you consider the fact that he is currently valued at £3.6m via Transfermarkt. He could become a bargain signing if Wilson and co. can reach an agreement with his representatives.
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