Whatever Jack Wilshere’s next move is, it had better be a good one, as the Englishman’s career risks drifting into obscurity.
The midfielder spent last season on-loan at Bournemouth, and while he proved his fitness, he didn’t exactly grab any headlines on the south coast.
Now he’s entering the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract, and needs to make a big decision in the near future.
West Ham United are the 9/4 favourites to land Wilshere, and the move makes a lot of sense for both player and club.
It would mean Wilshere doesn’t have to up sticks and leave the capital, while West Ham could and should be on the up in the coming seasons after their move to the London Stadium.
However, as last season proved the Hammers can often be a difficult place in which to succeed, and the loss of Dimitri Payet was a blow to their hopes of acquiring top European talent.
According to reports in Italy, Sampdoria are throwing their hat in the ring.
Sky Italia claim the Serie A side are offering the Gunners £6m, and Wilshere the chance to kick-start his career away from the limelight.
The Genoa-based outfit certainly have their credentials, having spent 13 of the past 14 campaigns in the top-flight, entering Europe five times in that spell – including the Champions League.
Those reports from the continent have seen Sampdoria leap into contention as 4/1 second favourites.
The other possibility for Wilshere, according to the press, is a loan move to Crystal Palace.
The Eagles were close to acquiring the 25-year-old last year, only to be beaten by Bournemouth.
But they remain keen under new boss Frank de Boer.
Arsenal are unlikely to be impressed by a loan offering however, as it effectively means they’re giving him away for nothing a year early.
Whether Palace change their tune and offer up the £6m remains to be seen.
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