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Sky journalist: West Ham emphatic decision on 24-year-old Arsenal playmaker

By Will Butcher

West Ham are not interested in signing Arsenal’s injury-prone playmaker Jack Wilshere, according to a Sky Sports journalist.

Betting company SkyBet had installed the Gunners talisman at 5/2 to join the Hammers before the Wednesday night cut-off.

However, Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol revealed via his personal Twitter account that Hammers boss Slaven Bilic will not make a move for the 24-year-old star and don’t need to strengthen their midfield.

Arsenal’s number 10 has been told he could leave the Emirates to gain playing time after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.

Sky Sports had claimed on their transfer centre blog on Monday night (10.27pm) that manager Arsene Wenger will sanction the temporary exit of the club talisman.

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The 24-year-old has an extensive injury record dating back to 2009 when he suffered the first of many serious ankle injuries.

Despite having a minor knee injury in pre-season, Wilshere has recovered to be on the substitute’s bench for each of Arsenal’s three Premier League matches this season.

He has played 37 minutes, including the last 20 of Saturday’s 3-1 win at Watford, but has slipped behind Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey in the pecking order for central midfield places at Emirates Stadium.

The former Bolton loanee has been sidelined throughout his career for 890 days, missing out on 154 matches for the Gunners.

In other West Ham transfer news, this Euro giants’ President has revealed that the Hammers made a bid of £43million earlier in the summer for this international striker.