By Derek Smithson
Arsenal have told West Ham that midfielder Jack Wilshere will cost £20million to sign this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim that the Gunners are demanding the eight-figure sum and a buy-back clause in any deal for the 25-year-old.
It is understood that the Hammers are interested in signing the 34-time capped England international and that his time at the Emirates Stadium appears to be over.
Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth last season, where he failed to score in his 29 appearances.
The central midfielder had a steady campaign for the Premier League side and Arsenal are now trying to recuperate £20million for him.
The injury-prone playmaker has seen his career stall and could now be set to leave his boyhood club after 160 senior appearances.
Slaven Bilic is looking to improve his West Ham squad for the new season and has recently signed goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham’s transfer business is now beginning to take some real shape and they are being linked with some big stars. The Hammers should avoid the signature of Wilshere though as at £20million he is too risky. The 25-year-old was at one time the most exciting young talent in English football and should have gone on to become a major star at Arsenal. However, his career has stagnated and he did nothing on loan at Bournemouth to suggest he can rediscover some top form. The Gunners wish to have a buy-back clause in any deal suggests that there is still hope Wilshere can return to top form, but that appears unlikely. West Ham do look well set in midfield ahead of the new season, with the likes of Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble providing sold options.
In other West Ham transfer news, two attacking players are set to undergo medicals at the club.