Date: 12th September 2017 at 6:00pm
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The president of Trabzonspor has confirmed that they narrowly missed out on signing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan before the close of the transfer window.

The deadline for Turkish clubs was last Friday, and reports suggested that Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor were looking at the English international, but speaking to Turkish-Football about what actually happened, Muharrem Usta seems to suggest that the player either had second thoughts about the move, or the Gunners decided against the loan deal:

“I held direct talks with Jack Wilshere. We wanted him on loan and were close to a deal but the move stalled at the last moment.”

The 25 year old’s departure on loan would have been a surprise considering Wilshere’s contract expires next summer. A permanent sale would no doubt have been preferable in order for the Gunners to secure a transfer fee. A loan, either until January or the end of the season, would have allowed the central midfielder to speak to other clubs about a free transfer next summer.

As it is, Wilshere remains on the fringes of the first team squad despite recovering from a broken leg. He may however get chosen to start by Arsene Wenger for the club’s Europa League match against FC Cologne on Thursday.