Sky names the five clubs Wilshere could move to by transfer cut-off
By Dominic Toner
Jack Wilshere is weighing up loan offers from five different clubs, according to a report.
Sky Sports have revealed on their Twitter account that Watford, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, plus Portuguese duo Sporting Lisbon and Benfica have all offered the Arsenal midfielder a way out of the Emirates.
The 24-year-old Englishman is said to be mulling over the loan offers and is expected to pick one in time to push through a deal before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night at 11pm.
BREAKING: Sky sources: Jack Wilshere considering loan offers from Watford, Crystal Palace, AFC Bournemouth, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 30, 2016
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Monday (10:27pm) that Wilshere would be allowed to leave on loan after being given the green light by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The Mirror claimed that Crystal Palace have shown their interest in Wilshere and Selhurst Park and a link up with Alan Pardew is one possibility.
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Compatriot Joe Hart looks set to move to Italian side Torino on loan and Wilshere has also the option to follow him out of England’s top division to play in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.
The midfielder will hope to restart his career which has recently hit a new low, as he was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad to play Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier.
He 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.
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