English Premiership

Howe reiterates desire to sign Wilshere

2017-04-03 12:33
Jack Wilshere (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has reiterated his desire to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a permanent basis.

The 25-year-old England international, who is on a season-long loan with the Cherries, has started the past four games on the bench, including Saturdays 0-0 draw with Southampton.

His recent omittance has reportedly alerted the attention of West Ham, who are now seemingly keen on the Gunners' midfielder.

Ahead of facing Liverpool on Wednesday, where Wilshere could start with Andrew Surman having suffered a knee injury, Howe said: "I've always said, 'We love Jack, we would love to sign him'.

"But that decision will rest with Arsenal, with Jack, with other people: it's out of our hands. And Jack may well see his future elsewhere.

"He did say as soon as he came to us that he'd totally commit to us for the season, and then in the summer sort out his future.

"There's so many variables, there's so many things that can change, it's not the right time. We've got to concentrate on results and the games we've got coming up."

He added: "Jack obviously wouldn't want to start from the bench, he'd want to be playing, but since the Manchester United game - he felt his ankle against Manchester City - the team's done very well, and it's very difficult to take either centre-forward out.

"What he has done when he's come on is showed he's got a great attitude; he's trained so well, and that's reflected when he's come on the pitch, he's been outstanding. He really was the defining factor in us gaining total control [against Southampton]."

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