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Hammers want to sign Jack Wilshere on a free transfer

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a free transfer when his contract expires on July 1st.

Wilshere confirmed earlier this week he would be leaving Arsenal after 17 years at the club, following talks with new Gunners boss Unai Emery.

The 26-year-old took to Instagram to reveal the decision about his future, saying: “Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.

“I am sure everyone can understand that, at this point in my life and career, I need to be playing regular first-team football and following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away with the feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.

“Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch.”

Several clubs around Europe have been linked with the midfielder this summer, with Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Everton and Wolves, as well as Serie A’s Juventus, AC Milan and Sampdoria all interested in the England international.

However, the Hammers could turn out to be Wilshere’s preferred option, as the midfielder is reportedly hoping to stay in London as a first choice.

The signing of Wilshere would be an almighty deal for West Ham, who have already been busy this transfer window by completing the signings of three stars.