Jack Wilshere might be a Europa League regular for Arsenal, but his playing time in the Premier League has been somewhat limited, and with his contract running down at the end of the season What Are the Odds looks at where the England international may up end up in the January transfer window.
The favourites are in all likeliness going to be the most attractive option for Jack Wilshere who spent all of last season on-loan at Premier League Bournemouth, and remaining in the top-flight of England is likely to be a priority for the midfielder.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said towards the end of last season when his loan spell ended that Wilshere wouldn’t be returning, likely due to wage demands, however Sky Bet are still backing the seaside club at 10/1 (11.0). The midfielder’s spell at Bournemouth ended on a bit of a whimper due to injury, which is likely to have left a mooted mood around fans seeing Wilshere return initially, but with the player now proven to be fully fit, Cherries fans will surely welcome a player desperate to prove he can earn a World Cup place next summer.
Next up in the market are two clubs going head-to-head with odds of 12/1 (13.0) and both pose completely different challenges if Jack Wilshere were to be tempted to move in January. Real Betis are an intriguing option - the La Liga side is apparently very keen on taking the Englishman to Spain and the opportunity of a fresh start in a new league could be just the ticket for a midfielder obviously gifted in his position - the change in pace and less physical challenge of playing in Spain’s top flight could benefit Wilshere’s game.
If the priority in moving is to remain in the Premier League then there may not be more interesting challenges than heading to the north east with Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez would surely welcome an experienced and keen to impress Wilshere to the Magpies who are in desperate need of more quality.
Besiktas signing Jack Wilshere would be one of the most unexpected moves of the January transfer window, however they are backed at 16/1 (17.0) to bring in the Englishman. If it’s physical and a complete change of scenery that’s part of the requirements then a move to the Turkish top-flight could be just up Wilshere’s street.
West Ham United were at one point over the past summer the favourites, but are now way back in the market at 20/1 (21.0). It was reported back in the summer that Wilshere was keen to join West Ham (his boyhood club) and the Hammers were allegedly prepared to bid up to £20m to land him. However, the chances of such big sums of money being thrown around in the new David Moyes era is highly unlikely.
Leicester and Southampton make up the rest of the likely interested clubs at 20/1 (21.0), should he seek a January move and both would be logical choices that would give the midfielder the change to get on the plane to Russia next summer with Gareth Southgate’s England team.
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