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Jack Wilshere's transfer saga has taken another concerning twist

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Jack Wilshere's future is more uncertain than ever after his announcement that he'll be leaving Arsenal.

Unai Emery informed the midfielder his playing time would be limited in the 2018/19 season and from there, his 17-year stay with the Gunners came to an end.

Juventus and AC Milan are among the European giants being linked with the England international, while if he were to stay in the Premier League, the likes of Wolves and Everton are rumoured to be interested.

In recent weeks, it's a move to West Ham that has been gaining momentum as he looks to find a club where he can build upon the 38 appearances he made last season.

However, such has been Wilshere's woeful track record regarding injuries it seems unlikely any manager would bring him in expecting him to play every week.

Indeed, the Sun report that the Hammers do see his potential signing as a big gamble, with Manuel Pellegrini very sceptical about his fitness.

Co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are therefore only willing to hand him a one-year contract, which in turn is putting Wilshere off, even if it would allow him to stay in London.

He and his wife celebrated the arrival of a new baby in May, making him reluctant to move elsewhere.

The Hammers are unsure 

While West Ham are initially putting a 12-month deal on the table, they hope that he will use that year to work on his fitness and prove himself.

If he's successful, there would be an option of an extension. 

This may yet prove to be the most concrete approach he receives.

It's a pity that a player of his ability has no idea where he'll be playing his football next season or whether he'll receive a satisfactory offer, though that situation was somewhat inevitable this summer.

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There's also the question of how he'd fit in at West Ham, where there are major changes afoot.

If Pellegrini had a fully-fit squad to choose from, Manuel Lanzini would almost certainly be his number 10.

Yet, the Argentine ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament shortly before the World Cup and it's not yet known when he'll be back playing.

The prospect of joining Pellegrini's project at the London Stadium must be an intriguing one for Wilshere, but it's understandable that he has his reservations if the club aren't ready to put total faith in his recovery.

Should Wilshere sign a one-year deal at West Ham? Have your say in the comments. 

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