Noel Whelan has tipped Rangers to offer Jack Wilshere a pay-as-you-play deal after his exit from West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen forward admits the 28-year-old is not in a strong position to negotiate after his spate of injury problems.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Gers are preparing to offer the England international a contract at Ibrox after he was released from his previous terms at West Ham.
Wilshere struggled for game time during his two-year spell in east London and featured just once this season, in a League Cup win over Hull City, before he was allowed to leave.
Whelan believes that the midfielder’s fitness struggles mean that Rangers would be “safest” offering a highly-incentivised deal based on game time and appearances.
Asked if he thought a pay-to-play deal was on the cards, Whelan told Football Insider: “I think it’s the safest thing to do – I’m sure Jack doesn’t want that, no player really does.
“Unfortunately, when you’ve got a track record like Jack Wilshere has with injuries, you’re not going to be the one in the driving seat when it comes to contracts. If you want to play football, it’s going to be on their terms.
“It’s a very big club, they’re giving you an opportunity. Now if you get paid as you play and can stay fit, then that might be discussed later on in time but at the minute, you’ve got to make sure this player is fully fit, 100 per cent fit before you start splashing any money out on big contracts.”
Wilshere managed to make just 19 appearances across all competitions after he joined West Ham on a free following his exit from Arsenal.
He did play the full 90 minutes against Hull last month but failed to feature in any other matchday squads under David Moyes this season.
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