By Danny Wright
Bournemouth are losing interest in signing Jack Wilshere from Arsenal on a permanent deal, according to a report.
The Sun reports that Eddie Howe is having second thoughts about whether he wants to try and sign the midfield maestro in the summer.
It marks a dramatic u-turn as only a month ago the Cherries boss was quoted by the Guardian as saying that he would love to make Wilshere into a permanent feature in his side.
However the 25-year-old has struggled for game-time for the south coast club in recent weeks and was benched for the last two games against Manchester United and West Ham.
In 24 appearances for Bournemouth this season, Wilshere has failed to score and has only assisted two goals for his teammates.
The only time he’s missed out on the squad this season has been when he was ineligible to play against his parent club.
Other than that, the England international has enjoyed an injury-free season which has seen him back to full fitness.
Wilshere has made 160 first-team appearances for Arsenal since he developed through the club’s academy.
In those games he scored 12 goals and bagged 24 assists despite suffering several serious injuries that hampered his early development at the Emirates.
Football Insider Verdict
Whether Howe still thinks it or not, Wilshere is the best midfielder Bournemouth have. Goals and assists don’t matter for a player like the 25-year-old as he is more of a player that dictates the game and brings a good flow to matches as he moves the ball up the pitch. His fitness issues have been a massive reason as to why he may not have a future at Arsenal, but during their current poor form he will probably get into Arsene Wenger’s plans at the moment. Bournemouth should still try to sign Wilshere if they can afford him because there isn’t an English player out there that they have a chance of signing that has his reputation and skill.
In other Arsenal news, Celtic are looking to prise this player away from north London.