Report details West Ham stance on 34-time capped England international
By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is not being considered by West Ham this summer, according to a report.
Hammers news site Claret and Hugh have reported that the east London outfit are looking to bring in a new midfielder this summer.
However, the 25-year-old Gunners man is not believed to be on their agenda due to his injury record.
The 34-time capped England international was once considered one of the Three Lions and Arsenal’s greatest prospects.
But, injuries have prevented Wilshere from fulfilling that potential and last season he spent the campaign on loan at Bournemouth, where he also struggled and finished with just 29 appearances to his name in all competitions.
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West Ham, meanwhile already have Andy Carroll on their books, who has also spent large parts of recent seasons in the treatment room and they are unlikely to want to take a risk on signing another player like Wilshere, who is likely to command a big wage following his years at Arsenal.
Football Insider verdict:
There has never been any questions over Wilshere’s talents. However, his injury record means he will be a risk to any players and that’s why only Bournemouth were willing to take him on loan last season. West Ham themselves have shown that they are willing to spend this summer with the additions of both Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez. However, neither have shown to have serious injury problems in the past and there will be a hope that both can produce on the pitch, which is something that Wilshere can’t guarantee. Therefore, West Ham are better at sticking with what they have for the time being rather than raising the wage bill on a player who could be considered a flop in a couple of years.
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