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Howe admits he’d ‘love’ to sign Arsenal man on permanent deal

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Eddie Howe has admitted he would ‘love’ to sign Jack Wilshere on a permanent deal at Bournemouth, but he has not held talks with Arsenal over a proposed transfer as of yet.

Arsene Wenger allowed the England international, 25, to join the Cherries on a season-long loan last summer in search of first-team football and has been in impressive form for Howe’s side thus far.

Wilshere’s deal at the Emirates expires in summer 2018 and the midfielder has recently stated that he will make a decision on his Arsenal future at the end of the season.

But when asked about the possibility of signing Wilshere on a permanent deal this summer, Howe said:

“We would love that to happen.

“I can’t rate Jack enough as a footballer, as a person, how he has come into the team and what he has delivered for us, but there has been no discussion with Arsenal.

“As I see it, Jack is on loan for the season and then we will look at it and Jack will look at it.”

Wenger has previously claimed that Wilshere WILL be offered a new deal to remain at Arsenal, but with so many midfield options at the Emirates already and the uncertainty of regular first-team football at Arsenal, Wishere may decide to progress with his career elsewhere – he will not be short of suitors, with AC Milan and Roma reportedly keen on his services before he joined Bournemouth.

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