Aston Villa are considering a move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to The Mirror.
The long-term future of the 25-year-old has been a talking point throughout the summer considering that he has one year left on his current contract at the Emirates.
Injuries have hampered Wilshere’s career over the years, restricting him to just 10 Premier League starts for the Gunners in the past three seasons.
In the 2016-17 campaign, the midfielder spent a loan spell at Bournemouth and had a decent run, racking up 27 appearances in the top flight, but it ended on a disappointing note when he suffered a leg fracture.
With his chances of regular football at Arsenal this season looking slim, Villa have made a move, according to The Mirror.
Manager Steve Bruce reportedly hopes that the offer of a big contract and bonuses will convince Wilshere to drop into the Championship.
There are various factors to consider. For Villa, signing Wilshere could potentially bolster their chances of promotion significantly.
After picking up just one point from their first two league games this season, bringing in a signing of Wilshere’s stature would boost the mood of the fans.
However, the midfielder’s injury record cannot be ignored, and there is a risk that Villa will pay over the odds for a player that could miss the majority of the season.
From Wilshere’s point of view, he will have one eye on next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The England international will need to be playing regularly in order to attract Gareth Southgate’s attention, but even if he is out on the field every week, it will be difficult to be selected ahead of players who are performing in the Premier League.