By Richard Parks

Everton are in pole position to sign Jack Wilshere if he decides to end his lengthy association with Arsenal this summer, according to a report.

The Daily Star claim the Merseysiders are showing the “strongest interest” in winning the race for the signature of the 26-year-old England international.

It is said that Wilshere would prefer to remain at boyhood club Arsenal but is unhappy with the contract he has been offered, which is heavily linked to appearances due to his horrific injury record.

The Daily Star have previously reported that Everton are willing to spend big to persuade the diminutive Arsenal playmaker to follow Theo Walcott to Goodison Park.

They have already tabled a staggering £8million signing-on fee to Wilshere and are ready to pay him more than his current £120,000-a-week salary.

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Wilshere is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer and there will be no transfer fee involved.

Football Insider verdict:

It is significant that Everton are willing to throw the kind of money at Wilshere that Arsenal, burnt by his wretched injury record, are not. The Merseysiders are cash rich and safe in the knowledge that there will be no transfer fee for a proven Premier League player. Wilshere has showed signs this season of finally overcoming the injury problems that have decimated a career that once promise to make him a global great. He has made 31 appearances for the Gunners and been one of the team’s best players since the turn of the year. But his recent England pull-out does not bode well for his hopes of making the World Cup squad, or of landing the mega contract from the Gunners that he is clearly holding out for. Nevertheless, the Arsenal academy product has the touch, vision and class to improve an Everton midfield that has looked short of top quality this season. He would be a fine signing provided – and it is a big ‘if’ – he steers clear of major injuries.

In other Everton transfer news, the club want to sign a 6ft 5in ace who had Sane & Silva in his back pocket, £7.5million will seal the deal.

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