Jack Wilshere’s disappointing spell at West Ham is over after the former Arsenal midfielder agreed to cancel his contract by mutual consent.
It is understood that West Ham will give Wilshere, who had entered the final year of his £100,000-a-week deal, the bulk of his wages to leave. The 28-year-old has struggled with injuries since moving to the London Stadium two years ago and faces a fight to resurrect his career.
Wilshere was once regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in England, only for injuries to stop him fulfilling his potential at Arsenal. He moved to West Ham on a free and signed a three-year deal on the insistence of Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham’s board wanted to give Wilshere a one-year contract because of his injury record but bowed to the former manager’s demands.
West Ham, who are interested in a loan deal for the Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, sacked Pellegrini and replaced him with David Moyes last December. Moyes has not taken to Wilshere, who has managed six league starts in just over two seasons at the club.
“Unfortunately, despite all of my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I’d expected,” Wilshere said in a statement on Twitter. “I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the course of the last eight months – training hard everyday – but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play … I remain convinced that I can still contribute at the very top of the game.
“I am still incredibly hungry, ambitious and desperate to play football and achieve success. I am still only 28 and feel fit, strong and ready to play.”
West Ham have been hunting for defensive reinforcements and with a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah looking highly unlikely, are interested in Tomori. Chelsea have five centre-backs and need to shift one after failing to find a buyer for Antonio Rüdiger, who is out of favour.
Everton targeted Tomori earlier in the window but have signed Ben Godfrey from Norwich. It remains to be seen whether Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s manager, will allow Tomori to leave. The 22-year-old is keen for more opportunities and would be open to a loan.
West Ham could allow Felipe Anderson to join Porto on loan but they want the Portuguese side to pay the Brazilian winger’s £115,000-a-week wages. Porto have until 25 October, when their window shuts, to complete the deal.
Josh Cullen has left West Ham for Anderlecht, who agreed an £800,000 fee for the 24-year-old midfielder.