Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere would be allowed to leave West Ham United in January before the end of his contract.
Wilshere has been disappointing since leaving Arsenal on a free transfer in 2018. The England international has been hampered by a mixture of injury and form issues since coming to the London Stadium. He has been sidelined with a groin injury since mid-October.
He has featured in the Hammers’ two Carabao Cup appearances this season but was removed after 66 minutes during his side’s embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Oxford United. After the match, he was criticised by the Hammers supporters who felt he should have been a dominant force against the Division one side.
Wilshere has just one goal for West Ham, which came against Newport County in the Carabao Cup this season. His sole assist also came against Newcastle in a 3-0 victory last season.
The 27-year-old has also failed to cement a starting place under Manuel Pellegrini for the past two seasons and has made just 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.
And according to Football Insider, West Ham will allow the player to leave in January because his body cannot cope with the physical demands of the Premier League. The report added that Pellegrini is a big admirer of Wilshere’s technical ability and “brilliant” performances in training and small-sided matches but he has not translated that to real matches.
West Ham chiefs are worried that Wilshere has made just two league starts among eight appearances in all competitions this season. He has also not shown his worth for the £100,000-a-week contract he earns.
The club wants to sell the injury-prone player to free up the wage budget for a player who could make a greater impact but his weekly wage will make the midfielder difficult to sell. But the East London club would gladly offload the midfielder.