West Ham Head Chase For Arsenal Star Nearing Emirates Exit, Everton Also Linked, Meanwhile Galatasaray Step Up Transfer Efforts

Jack Wilshere

West Ham head the chase to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere according to the Daily Star.

Per the source, newly appointed Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini is keeping a close eye on the Wilshere situation.

Pellegrini is reportedly a long term admirer of Wilshere and was closely linked with the England midfielder during his stint in charge of Manchester City.

Wilshere will be available as a free agent at the end of the month unless he signs a new deal beforehand.

As things stand, the 26-year-old can be signed on a free transfer as he has just a few weeks remaining on his current contract.

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West Ham face competition from Everton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and newly promoted Premier League sides Wolves and Fulham.

Turkish-Football reported that Galatasaray are also keen on Wilshere and that head coach Fatih Terim has made him a transfer priority.

Terim consulted former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for advice on Wilshere during a recent meal they had together in Bodrum, Turkey.

The Istanbul giants are the only sides out of those linked that can offer Champions League football next season. Additionally Galatasaray would be open to meeting his wage demands and offer first-choice football at a side that is likely to be in the title race.

It would all depend on whether Wilshere is willing to leave England with his family.