Premier League giants Arsenal have reportedly informed London rivals West Ham United that they will have to fork out £20 million plus bonuses to sign Jack Wilshere.
On the move?
Despite the fact that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently insisted that Wilshere would remain at the Emirates next season, the English international has been heavily linked with both loan and permanent moves away from North London.
Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Bournemouth (where Wilshere spent last season on loan) are said to maintain an interest in the 25-year-old, while Serie A outfits AC Milan, AS Roma and Sampdoria have also been linked.
However, the latest club touted as a potential destination for the Arsenal youth academy product are said to be leading the race for his signature, in the form of West Ham United.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is a long-term admirer of the talents of Wilshere, and sees the 34-time capped international as the ideal addition his his side’s midfield for next season.
If the capital club do intend to bring Wilshere to the Olympic Stadium over the coming months, though, they will have to splash out.
Despite the technically-gifted midfielder’s long-running injury problems, Arsenal still value Wilshere highly, and will demand at least £20 million plus a number of bonuses from any club hoping to coax him away from the Emirates this summer.