West Ham hold talks about terminating Wilshere contract

By Wayne Veysey

3rd Mar, 2020 | 4:00pm

Revealed: West Ham hold talks about terminating contract of £100K-a-wk star

West Ham chiefs have talked about offering Jack Wilshere a pay-off to leave, Football Insider can reveal.

The England international, 28, has made little impact at the London Stadium since signing as a big-name free transfer in the summer of 2018.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are now ready to explore more drastic measures to get Wilshere off their wage bill.

This includes offering a mutual termination of his contract, which has 15 months remaining and is worth around £100,000-a-week.

This possibility would see the former Arsenal man secure a handsome pay-off to leave but one which falls short of the £6m-plus remaining on his deal.

There is growing acceptance at West Ham that Wilshere’s body can’t cope with the demands of Premier League football.

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He has made just 16 appearances in two seasons and has been sidelined due to injury since mid-October.

Wilshere underwent hernia surgery a month ago, as first revealed by Football Insider, and is facing a battle to play again this season.

The latest in a series of devastating injuries for the 34-times England international scuppered West Ham hopes of offloading him in the January transfer window.

There is a strong likelihood he will leave in the summer if he can find a club willing to pay his wages, although that remains a major hurdle for the Londoners hierarchy to overcome.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED one of the club’s young loanees has left Football Insider pundit purring – “Wow, he’s unplayable at times”.