Jack Wilshere joins West Ham on three-year deal

Ross Houston
July 10, 2018

West Ham United have announced the signing of Jack Wilshere on a three-year contract following his release by Arsenal.

Wilshere turned down the offer of a new Arsenal contract after Wenger stepped down at the end of last season, saying he had not been guaranteed regular playing time by new boss Unai Emery.

"It feels good, it feels special", Wilshere, whose father and brother are West Ham fans, said. "It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone's buzzing". He will join up with Pellegrini's squad for their pre-season training camp in Switzerland.

'After speaking with the manager and those at the club I knew my future was at the London Stadium and I can't wait to get going now.

Wilshere said there were various factors that influenced him to join the club.

West Ham's busy start to the transfer window looks set to continue, with the Hammers reportedly closing in on moves for Lazio's Felipe Anderson and Corinthians defender Fabian Balbuena.

"He is a passionate man and has shown winning characteristics throughout his career".

He returned to make 38 appearances for the Gunners last season but made a decision to leave in search of first-team football after meeting with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who has won 34 caps for England, becomes Manuel Pellegrini's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks and Lukasz Fabianski.

Wilshere didn't make the England squad for the World Cup having not played for the Three Lions since the loss to Iceland although he was in one squad in the meantime.

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