By Dominic Toner
Everton are interested in signing midfielder Jack Wilshere in the summer, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Toffees manager Ronald Koeman will make the 25-year-old a major target in the summer transfer window.
The report details that Koeman is a long-term admirer of Wilshere, but will face competition from big guns Manchester City for his signature.
Wilshere is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was keen for him to experience regular first-team football.
The 34-times England international has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and has struggled to nail down a starting place at the Emirates.
However, he is enjoying a successful campaign at Premier League side Bournemouth and has made 17 appearances this season.
The central midfielder was regarded as one of England’s next big stars a few years ago, but has failed to live up to that expectation.
Wilshere is beginning to recapture his best form in a Bournemouth shirt and has benefited under manager Eddie Howe.
The 25-year-old is yet to score in his 17 appearances this season and will be keen to break that duck soon, but
Football Insider verdict:
Everton are keen to compete at the top-end of the Premier League table and signing Wilshere in the summer could help them achieve that. The midfielder has been cursed with injuries during his career, but there is no doubting his natural ability. He is beginning to remind people this season of his capabilities and could be an exciting prospect for Everton going forward. The Toffees have purchased a quality defensive midfielder in Idrissa Gueye, but do lack some creativity to partner him. Wilshere would be a perfect candidate to slot into Koeman’s side and would be a real asset if he can stay fit. The Merseyside club should continue to monitor his progress this season at Bournemouth and try prize him away from Arsenal in the summer.
In other Everton transfer news, they are set to increased their midfielder bid by £3million to agree a deal by Sunday night.