It has been confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that former Arsenal and West Ham player Jack Wilshere is in training with a Championship club.
The 28-year-old England international left the Hammers after making 19 appearances in just over two years and with nine months left on his contract.
Wilshere played a total of 27 games for Bournemouth during a season-long loan in 2016-17, and that he is “keeping up his fitness levels” with them.
Good to see you, Jack 👋 @JackWilshere is currently training with us to maintain fitness levels while without a club.
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) December 29, 2020
AFC Bournemouth can confirm that former loanee Jack Wilshere is currently training with Jason Tindall’s first-team squad.
The midfielder, who made 27 appearances for the Cherries in 2016/17, is keeping up his fitness levels while he is without a club.Wilshere, who turns 29 on New Year’s Day, returned to the Gunners for treatment before signing for West Ham in July 2018.
Capped 34 times by England, Wilshere has scored twice for his country and made almost 200 appearances for Arsenal after progressing through the ranks at the North London club.
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Bournemouth currently sit 3rd in the Championship table, taking 38 points from 20 games, in the hope they can get back in the top flight at the first attempt.
He recently revealed that playing for a ‘smaller club’ like West Ham didn’t ‘suit’ him as he confirmed he had held transfer talks over a January move.
He is currently a free agent after his £100,000-a-week deal at the Hammers was terminated by mutual consent in the summer.
Wilshere told Sky Sports in November: “I’m in a position now where I can make a decision based on footballing reasons.
“[I can] pick the team that I think I could fit into.
“I will have a look at the team, the players, the league they’re in and how the manager wants to play.
“I don’t think being at a smaller club like West Ham really suited me.
“There have been a few talks with clubs, but nothing that I have ever fancied quite yet.”
Asked if he had a preferred league in mind, Wilshere continued: “I don’t think I have a preference to be honest.
“It has to be the right club for footballing reasons whether that is in England, Spain, North America or anywhere across Asia.
“I’m up for trying anything and I think at this point I have to be as well…
“I have been at a top club in England, I’ve been at a smaller club and I’m realistic to know that the chances of getting a big, big club in England are slim.
“So it might have to be somewhere else I have to look.”
Wilshere added: “When I went to West Ham, I didn’t know it was going to be how it was.
“With my experience now, I’d be silly to go and sign for a team who are in a similar position to West Ham.
“When there is a relegation battle, teams want to nick a point and stay up, nick a goal and try and defend.
“That’s not the type of player I am.”
Fans reacted as it’s revealed that Jack Wilshere is in training with the Championship club…
@ClaretBluBlood: Will you slag Bournemouth off too, Jack? After all, we only paid you 4.5m in a pay out….
@HaleEndAlexCOYG: Strengthen your legs & comeback stronger Jacky boy.
@willearle_: He is probably sitting in a washing machine waiting to jump out on someone as you tweeted this
@AfcbAdam: King fuck off we want jack
@markjtilbury: hope things click and you guys get him!
@yoodlerEthan: Mostyn writing the contract by hand?
@afcbharrison: @afcbournemouth announce Wilshere
@MartinOsborne16: He’ll be injured next week
@markcol60966556: Would be good on a deal to the end of the season.
@martincoxgts: My heart would love to see Jack in an Arsenal shirt again, my head says he’ll never be the player he was in his early days. Such as shame! Him and Diaby two world class talents never getting there bc of injury. Good Luck Jack!!
@hammerhead2009: Apparently he was above our level… So he’s dropped down to the Championship! I wouldn’t even aim that high, Jack
@afczac: Always had a soft spot for Bournemouth
Class. Take care of him
— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) December 29, 2020
Would be good if we could sign him but his wages will be way to high sadly. If he wanted to play football again then in a way he should not care about wages.
— Sam Griffiths (@SamGriff1) December 29, 2020
See he found that big club challenging for trophies that he keeps going on about being good enough for then
— Steve70⚒⚒ (@SteveFM70) December 29, 2020
C’mon Mr Wilshere, you know it makes sense… pic.twitter.com/obRDsHLF2H
— AFCB_Rob 🍒 (3.5%) (@afcb_r0b) December 29, 2020
None of this keeping fit shite just sign the lad, was class a few years back and him and cook in the middle would be fucking filthy, risk free
— . (@lermability) December 29, 2020
— Ben (@RampantRico) December 29, 2020
Should be given a pay as you play contract.
— Vidya Sagar (@g_vidyasagar) December 29, 2020