West Ham United have beaten off interest from numerous clubs to acquire the services of Jack Wilshere on a free transfer. The England international has put pen-to-paper on a three year contract with the Hammers just days after ending his long-term association with Arsenal.
Wilshere’s future has been under discussion over the course of the previous campaign but ultimately, he decided against extending his contract at the Emirates after he failed to receive assurances of regular gametime under new boss Unai Emery.
Thereafter, Wilshere had been associated with a potential move to Turkey with Fenerbahce but he has eventually committed his long-term future to the Hammers, whom he supported during his childhood days.
Over the past year, Wilshere normally plyed his trade for the Gunners in a central midfield role but he could feature further up the field with the Hammers, who are expected to be without influential midfielder Manuel Lanzini for next season.
Lanzini has been a huge hit since arriving from Al Jazira three years ago but he may not play any role during the upcoming campaign after suffering a serious anterior cruciate ligament damage whilst training with Argentina prior to the World Cup.
Wilshere, who becomes the Hammers fourth recruit of the ongoing transfer window, is now expected to link up with his teammates and manager Manuel Pellegrini in their pre-season training camp at Bad Ragaz in Switzerland.
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