By Abigail Withey
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has revealed that he’s interested in bringing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to the club, but is unsure whether the Championship side could fund his move.
Central midfielder Wilshere, 25, has been widely linked with an exit from the Emirates this summer as he is yet to renew his Gunners’contract which expires in under 12 months.
The England international has been rumoured to join a number of clubs and Aston Villa is the latest side in the mix, and Bruce has not denied that he is interested in the playmaker.
“The Jack Wilshere one – hey, who wouldn’t want Jack Wilshere?” Steve Bruce told TalkSport.
“But I don’t know whether we’re capable of landing him and let’s not forget he’s only 25.
“People have said that I’ve got millions and million to spend, where it’s been the complete opposite. With financial fair play, unfortunately we haven’t got millions and millions to spend so I’ve got to be a little bit prudent, see what we can do and try and balance the books.”
Wilshere has been dealt an unfortunate number of injuries over the past few years, with the most recent problem being sustained towards the end of his season-long loan with Bournemouth.
While the Englishman hasn’t featured for the Gunners since August 2016, he looks to be making a promising recovery and has featured for the Under 23s on a few occasions.
During Wilshere’s most recent development squad clash against Manchester City, the attacker reacted badly to a challenge from City’s Matt Smith which led to a straight red and suspension from three youth games.
Football Insider verdict
While a permanent move for the Arsenal midfielder may not be attainable for Bruce’s side, the Championship club should look to secure Wilshere on a loan basis. The 25-year-old worked well at Bournemouth, despite his injury at the end of the season, and the time away from the Emirates really build him up as a player. His red card shows his passion and hunger to return to the game, which would definitely work in Bruce’s favour if his it hoping to take his team to the top flight. It would also be positive for Wenger, who has said that Wilshere is close to returning but not quite fit enough. The next step should be to extend his contract with Arsenal and spend a season on loan at Villa.
In other Aston Villa news, this long-serving midfielder has decided to quit Villa Park within the next week.