By Richard Parks
Everton have tabled a stunning offer of more than £110,000-a-week to Jack Wilshere as they look to win the race for his signature, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Merseysiders have made their desire to land the midfielder crystal clear by tabling a massive contract offer for the 26-year-old central midfielder that trumps that of his club Arsenal.
It is said that Wilshere, who will be a free agent next month, also has a lucrative option from Wolves but Arsenal have increased their previous offer of £90,000-a-week as they bid to keep him.
Football Insider verdict:
It is significant that Everton are willing to throw the kind of money at left-footed Wilshere that Arsenal, burnt by his wretched injury record, are not quite so keen to match. 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 38 appearances for the Gunners and been one of the team’s best players since the turn of the year. But his England pull-out during the last international break does not bode well for his hopes of making the World Cup squad, although his improved record in recent months appears to have persuaded Arsenal to offer him an extra £20,000-a-week. It is easy to see why Premier League clubs are still so seduced by the Arsenal academy product. He 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.