Chelsea FC join West Ham in race to sign 25-year-old

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal shows his frustration to the referee during the Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium

Whilst the photograph doesn't reveal too much, it shows just how much Jack Wilshere retains affection for the Hammers, becoming apparent it would be his club of choice now that his contract has expired.

"I hope that, next week, or before we finish July, the fans of West Ham will have good news", he told the club's official website .

"I want to be playing here in front of the Hammers, and my bond I've had with the Club over my childhood will make it even more special".

It was confirmed last month that Wilshere would be leaving Arsenal, having spent his entire career there to date, after discussions with new manager Unai Emery.

A source close to the deal said it was now "70 per cent" complete and although negotiations with the 25-year-old's club, Lazio, were dragging the move is understood to be likely to go through now.

It is expected that West Ham and Lazio will eventually thrash out terms that will see Anderson sign for the club-record fee.

Projecting Final Matchup Before 1st Semi-Final Game
This will be a much harder match for England than their previous games, with Croatia's dynamic midfield as well at the back. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said his side can cope with Harry Kane in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against England .

"The fans, of course - everyone knows how big West Ham's fanbase is - and especially in this new stadium".

Furthermore, he still remains the youngest debutant for the Gunners, making an appearance against Blackburn Rovers in 2008 at the tender age of 16 years and 256 days.

"They called me not every day but a lot of times telling me to come here", he said.

Despite those concerns and a decent loan move in 2016/17 at Bournemouth has seemingly seen Wilshere regain his fitness back and last season he featured in 38 games for Arsenal across all competitions.

Wilshere has been capped 34 times by England but was left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for this summer's World Cup after being part of the side in Brazil four years ago.

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