Jack Wilshere may not have played much football over the past couple of seasons, but the Arsenal midfielder is still a man in extremely high demand.
After news broke that the Gunners are prepared to send the England international out on loan for the remainder of the season, an incredible 22 offers from clubs in England and overseas were submitted for the 24-year-old.
This is according to the Mirror, who suggest that Wilshere has made his decision over his next club and the deal should be finalised at some point on Wednesday.
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A host of Premier League clubs including Watford, West Brom and Bournemouth all made approaches for Wilshere, while Italian outfit AS Roma and Spanish side Valencia were also keen.
However, Wilshere appears to have decided to continue in the Premier League. He’s not about to follow in the footsteps of Torino-bound Joe Hart by leaving the British Isles until next summer.
Wilshere set to join Crystal Palace
Wilshere is poised to join Crystal Palace until the end of the season following talks with the Eagles’ boss Alan Pardew.
The midfielder is tempted by a temporary move to Selhurst Park as it will allow him to continue living in London, near his family and children.
Furthermore, his father believes a move to Palace would offer a fresh start for his son to revive his career.
Arsenal are demanding a sizeable loan fee
Arsenal are demanding a sizeable loan fee for Wilshere and for clubs to meet his hefty £80,000-a-week wages but this hasn’t fazed Palace, despite the fact they’ve brought in Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Loic Remy amongst others already this summer.
Wilshere wants regular first-team football after being overlooked for Sam Allardyce’s first England squad and falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
Fall from grace for Wilshere
But it’s a dramatic fall from grace from the player expected to become one of the world’s best midfielders several years ago.
It seems an awful long time since that Champions League match against Barcelona in 2011 when he bossed Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Xavi: Wilshere can still become one of the best
On Wilshere’s potential loan move away from Arsenal, Xavi has said: ”A loan move can be a good move for him. He needs to be playing, he needs to build up his fitness, and if he can do that I am sure he will still have a big career at Arsenal.
”It's important that he is loaned to a club that try and play football.
"Arsenal have a philosophy similar to Barcelona's in their approach to the game - and he should be loaned to a club who want to keep the ball and share that vision.
"He is a young player still, and if he can put the injuries behind him there is no reason why he still can't be one of the best midfield players in Europe.”
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