In Focus: Jack Wilshere hopeful that West Ham still want to sign him in January

According to reports in the Daily Star, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere wants West Ham United to reignite their interest in him and rescue him from his Gunners nightmare after he was left out of the squad against Chelsea despite featuring as a substitute against FC Cologne days earlier.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Star says that Wilshere is resigned to running down the final year of his contract and believes he will be leaving the Emirates either during the January transfer window or next summer with Arsenal yet to make an effort to open talks with the 25-year-old over a new deal.

The Daily Star says that the Irons were keen on the England international during the summer, but they were put off by the Gunners’ £20m valuation of the player considering his injury record.

The midfielder made his first appearance for the north London outfit in more than a year when he came on as a 68th-minute substitute in the 3-1 win against FC Cologne last Thursday, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles was preferred on the bench for the clash against Chelsea on Sunday despite only having two minutes of Premier League experience under his belt.

The report adds that has sent a clear message to him about what the future holds, and he is hoping to persuade West Ham to make a January move for him with some impressive performances in Europe and the Carabao Cup.

Would West Ham want him?

They would certainly be interested, yes.

While Wilshere has had a number of injury problems over the course of the last few years, including suffering a fractured leg towards the end of his season-long loan spell with Bournemouth last season, it is only a couple of years since he was viewed as Arsenal and England’s golden boy.

The 25-year-old certainly has the talent to make an impression in the Premier League – as he showed with the Cherries – and he could certainly add something to the Irons midfield with his qualities on the ball and ability to break forward.

One of the main things that would have put them off in the summer was the £20m price tag, but he will certainly be available for far less than that in January with just six months remaining on his contract.