The race to sign Jack Wilshere is proving to be one of the more exciting sagas from this summer's transfer deadline day.
Two days ago, hardly anyone would have even guessed Wilshere would be on the move but such is the nature of deadline day, there are usually one or two late moves no one sees coming and this time it regards the England international.
The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour at Arsenal and, up until the last hour or so, it looked like Crystal Palace's offer was the closest to being accepted by the midfielder.
Yesterday, once the news had broke that Wilshere was available to sign on loan it was reported that Arsene Wenger received 22 separate offers for the Englishman but now there would appear to be just two frontrunners.
Bournemouth are the other main contenders competing with Palace for Wilshere's signature and The Sun are reporting that the south coast club are just edging ahead of the Eagles.
Wilshere met with both Eddie Howe and Alan Pardew in London yesterday but an unnamed source has told The Sun the Arsenal midfielder is leaning towards the Cherries.
“Jack really likes Eddie Howe. He was very impressed with him and has been making lots of phone calls to people about Bournemouth," the source said.
“He says he is leaning towards going there – rather than Palace.
“But he is taking his time today before making the final decision.”
Howe is hoping Benik Afobe's close friendship with Wilshere can be a useful tool in their efforts to sign him.
The pair know each other from their days in Arsenal's academy and have kept in touch since so Afobe's persuasion skills could just determine where the currently frustrated midfielder plays his football this season.
AC Milan remain the closest outsiders but it would require another huge twist in events over the next few hours for Wilshere to leave the Premier League by the 11pm deadline.
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