West Ham will face competition from Antalyaspor to complete the signing of Jack Wilshere from Arsenal this summer after the Turkish club’s president confirmed his side have made an offer for the Gunners midfielder.
Wilshere has reportedly been told he can leave by Arsene Wenger with just one year left on his contract and the 25-year-old has a whole host of clubs eyeing up a possible transfer during the close season.
Newcastle United, Swansea City and even Serie A side Sampdoria have been credited with an interest in Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth.
But Antalyaspor have become the latest club to throw their hat into the ring, though the finances of the deal could yet make it prohibitive.
“We made an enquiry and are in talks but Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere,” Antalyaspor president Ali Safak Ozturk is quoted as saying by Turkish Football.
“It will be a difficult move to pull off.”
Some reports claim Wilshere was the subject of a £6m offer from Sampdoria, with an additional £1.5m in bonus payments, but Arsenal rejected that offer out of hand as Wenger seeks a fee of nearer £20m.
It remains to be seen whether or not West Ham will formalise their interest into a bid but Slaven Bilic is believed to be an admirer of the player and may be tempted by a move if the finances work.
A move to the London Stadium is understood to be Wilshere’s favoured option but it could be that West Ham pursue a loan deal over a permanent transfer given his chequered injury record.
The Hammers have completed four signings so far this summer with Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic all joining the club.