Ray Parlour: West Ham should sign this £15m-rated Arsenal star (not Perez)
By Will Butcher
Ray Parlour believes West Ham should sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in the summer and claims they could land him at a bargain price of £15million.
The Sun claimed last week that Wilshere was interesting the Hammers, who is believed to be at the top of the east London club’s shopping list.
Parlour claimed in a video posted on Alan Brazil’s personal Twitter account that Wilshere’s father is a Hammers fan, and a move to east London would benefit his England chances.
Former Arsenal ace Parlour believes Wilshere could be available for £15million, but claimed that any interested parties would have to stump £80,000-a-week.
“I think a lot of clubs will be very interested in Wilshere,” Parlour said. “The most important thing for Jack was to stay fit, which he has done. West Ham have been mentioned.
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“I know his dad is a big West Ham fan, so that might be a move for him. The Hammers do need midfielders, but Bournemouth do too. He wants to be in the England squad and play.
“He’s got a year left on his contract, a club could nick him for about £15million and probably on about £80,000-a-week.”
"A club could nick him for £15m"
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) April 3, 2017
Currently on loan with Bournemouth after opting to leave north London on loan during the summer’s deadline day, Wilshere has starred for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.
However, the midfielder has just one year remaining on his current contract and it remains to be seen if he has done enough to prove to Arsene Wenger that he deserves a new deal.
Parlour reckons West Ham’s midfield could do with an added spark, as Havard Nordtveit struggles to provide competition to Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Winning 10 of his 26 league and cup encounters with the Cherries, Wilshere has been crucial in keeping his temporary side away from a relegation fight.
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