Wilshere opts for Cherries

Crystal Palace missed out on the signing of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who opted to join Bournemouth on loan.

Crystal Palace: Wilshere opts for CherriesCrystal Palace: Wilshere opts for Cherries

The 24-year-old had been considering an offer from Palace after mutually agreeing with Arsenal that he would benefit from playing regular first-team football.

But the Cherries succeeded in signing the midfielder, who hopes to revive his club and international career after missing out on Sam Allardyce’s first England squad.

Palace chairman Steve Parish admitted the chance to sign Wilshere came late and out of the blue, and even though they tried to convince him to move to Selhurst Park, he opted for Bournemouth.

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: “Jack is a fantastic addition to the club. He is a player that needs no introduction and one that, quite rightly, our supporters will be excited to see in a Bournemouth shirt.”

Meanwhile, reports are also rife that Palace made a last-minute bid to try and sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy on loan, but were unsuccessful.

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