Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he’d love to sign Jack Wilshere on a permanent deal at the end of the season, but admits no talks have taken place with Arsenal.
Fearing he may not get regular game time at the Emirates, the England international opted to move to the South Coast in the summer and has since become a key cog in the Cherries’ midfield making 21 appearances so far.
Seemingly happy with his lot at the Vitality Stadium, it’s now been suggested that the 25-year-old could be open to a more formal arrangement.
“We would love that to happen,” Howe said of a potential deal to sign Wilshere.
“I can’t rate Jack enough as a footballer and as a person and how he’s come into the team and what he’s delivered for us.
He added: “There’s been no discussion with Arsenal. As I see it Jack is on loan for the season, then we’ll look at it and Jack will look at it.
“I think Jack views this as his home at the moment until the end of the season. His heart has been here since the day he walked in the door, there have been no problems there, but it’s his right to review his options at the end of the season and to see where he goes next.
“We’ve improved a lot of the aspects of our game because of him. It’s always down to the team but he’s fitted into the team very well.
“He is producing more match defining moments for me, the pass for Josh King at Everton was sublime, and I think there are more moments like that to come.”
Yesterday Arsene Wenger reaffirmed that he too is treating Wilshere’s current situation as a temporary arrangement.
“No, no [discussions have taken place about a permanent move].
“Yes [I expect him to return to the Emirates]. We have, at the moment, had no move from Bournemouth for Jack Wilshere.”