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London rivals eye swoop for Arsenal fan favourite

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Arsenal have already seen a wealth of senior departures ahead of the summer, with Arsene Wenger ending his 22-year association with the Gunners and captain Per Mertesacker retiring, but further exits could be right around the corner.

Despite ongoing contract negotiations, the future of England international Jack Wilshere remains up in the air as the 26-year-old academy graduate has entered the final month of his deal at the Emirates Stadium – and is now free to speak to other English sides about a potential swoop.

Wilshere has endured a number of injury problems in recent years but proved his worth to Arsenal this season, making 38 appearances across all competitions as the Gunners reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

While Arsenal are keen for Wilshere to renew, other clubs are lining-up as they keep tabs on the situation and The Daily Star states London rivals West Ham are leading the chase.

New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini reportedly targeted Wilshere during his previous stint with Manchester City and wants to add the midfielder to his ranks this summer, although he faces a wealth of competition in the market.

Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Everton, Wolves and Fulham are also attributed with an interest in his services, while reports have also claimed clubs in Europe are also eyeing a move.

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