West Ham have £30m to splash on Premier League 25-year-old - report
By Dominic Toner
West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Hammers are keen on the 25-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth.
The report details that the Londoners are prepared to splash around £30million to get their target.
It is understood that the club’s chiefs are keen to spend the money to replace talisman Dimitri Payet, who left the club for French club Marseille in January.
Wilshere has made 25 appearances this season across all competitions, but has not managed to score for the Cherries yet.
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He was sent away from Arsenal to experience regular first team football after fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
The midfielder has not featured for England since the 2016 Euros and will hope to break back into the national side set-up.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham certainly need to bring in a quality player if they want to compete for the European spots next season, but Wilshere might not be the player to do that. The central midfielder has proved his fitness this season at Bournemouth and is a solid Premier League player. However, the 25-year-old is not that player who can take the Hammers to the next level and they should be looking to bring in a creative ace. Wilshere could be a good addition to the West Ham squad, but he has not proved the £30million price tag that has been mentioned. They would be better served looking at a player like Gylfi Sigurdsson to give them an attacking edge.
In other West Ham transfer news, they have stepped up their pursuit of a Premier League icon.