By Joe Nelson
Roma have leapfrogged both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth in the race to sign Arsenal talisman Jack Wilshere.
BBC journalist David Ornstein confirmed on his personal Twitter page that Roma are making a considerable effort to bring Wilshere to the club.
Ornstein also revealed that former favourites to land his signature, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, are now both pessimistic about landing the Englishman’s services, after no contact has been made since yesterday.
Sky Sports had broke the news on Twitter on Wednesday morning that the Gunners star was going to choose between the two Premier League clubs, but it seems that he could now favour a move abroad.
If Wilshere makes the move to Italy, he would link up with former Arsenal keeper Wojcjech Szczesny, who is on loan at Roma for a second season.
Roma are also able to offer Europa League football to Wilshere, who, if he can stay fit, would earn great experience from a lengthy run in a first team which has midweek games in Europe to look forward to.
Wilshere was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad to face Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier.
He has played a total of 37 minutes for Arsenal this season across two Premier League matches, including the last 20 of Saturday’s 3-1 win at Watford, but has slipped behind Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey in the pecking order at the Emirates.
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