Wilshere set to join Bournemouth

31 Aug

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Jack Wilshere is close to joining Bournemouth on loan after a deal to join Roma was blocked by Arsenal.

The Gunners refused to do business with Roma because of the way they handled a potential move for defender Kostas Manolas earlier this summer.

England midfielder Wilshere, 24, held talks with both Bournemouth and Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

The Cherries have refused to comment officially, but are hopeful the deal will go through.

Palace believe they are out of the running and have now focused their attention elsewhere.

Roma, fifth in Italy’s Serie A after two games, have Wilshere’s Arsenal team-mate Wojciech Szczesny on loan.

Wilshere played six times for England over the summer – including three games at Euro 2016 – but was not named in Sam Allardyce’s first squad this week.

Arsenal paid £35m for Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer.

Any move for Wilshere is likely to be a season-long loan without a break clause as Arsenal feel they have enough cover in central midfield.

Wilshere, who has 34 caps, has started only 80 Premier League games for Arsenal in eight years, making two substitute appearances so far this season.

He had a loan spell at Bolton in 2010 and could be the second established England international to move on loan this week, with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart set to move to Italian side Torino.

German side Werder Bremen have already signed Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry, 21, while defender Calum Chambers, 21, has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.

The Gunners have announced the signing of Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez and Valencia’s Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, 24, for a combined fee of more than £50m.

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