West Ham are working to find Jack Wilshere a new club when the season ends, Football Insider can reveal.
The England international, 28, has made little impact at the London Stadium since his 2018 arrival and internal talks have been held about offering him a pay-off to leave.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are exploring various measures to get Wilshere off their wage bill.
One strong possibility is letting him leave on a free transfer even though he has just over 14 months remaining on his contract.
The Premier League club could also loan Wilshere out for next season, potentially paying a portion of his wages as they have done with Winston Reid and his recent MLS move.
Hammers chiefs are not expecting to secure a fee for Wilshere this summer, given his wretched injury history.
There is growing acceptance at West Ham that Wilshere’s body can’t cope with the physical demands of Premier League football.
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 had returned to light training before the enforced football suspension.
West Ham had hoped to offload Wilshere in January but his latest devastating injury blow ended that possibility.
The next opportunity for the Londoners will go in the main summer window, although his £100,000-a-week salary is likely to prove a major complication to agreeing a deal.