By Will Butcher

Trevor Sinclair has urged former side West Ham to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere before Thursday’s 11pm deadline.

The Daily Mirror has claimed that Championship side Birmingham are interested in signing the 25-year-old midfielder, who is said to be earning a huge £90,000-a-week at Arsenal.

However, the Independent claims West Ham are considering a move for Arsenal’s number 10, after a move to sign Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho has fallen through.

Former Hammers midfielder and England international Sinclair claimed on his personal Twitter account that he would “love to see” Wilshere join the Hammers.

England international Wilshere is unlikely to have a future at Arsenal, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny all above him in the pecking order.

He was loaned to Premier League side Bournemouth last season, making a total of 27 appearances for the Cherries and earning a place back in the England squad before suffering injury against Tottenham in April.

Now, Wilshere is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and is likely to be allowed to leave the Gunners before the deadline strikes on Thursday evening.

Football Insider verdict

West Ham need some sort of kickstart to their season after a dismal beginning to the 2017-18 campaign that has seen Slaven Bilic’s side lose three straight Premier League games, conceding 10 goals in the process. Injecting a bit of life into the Hammers side is crucial and Wilshere’s driving runs and heart-on-the-sleeve performances could be the boost that Bilic is crying out for. West Ham are also missing a midfielder that can get forward and score goals, with Mark Noble managing three league goals last term, while Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate only scored once in the league. Wilshere would offer an added attacking dimension to the side, as well as providing much-needed cover in the middle of the park. A top signing.

In other West Ham transfer news, Diafra Sakho has given an update on his future in east London.

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