AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Moyston has said that he is open to the possibility of signing Jack Wilshere in a permanent transfer. The Arsenal midfielder is currently on a season-long loan deal at the club and made his first start at the weekend (via ESPN).
It was always assumed that if ever Wilshere got over his injury problems then the Englishman would become a key player at Arsenal but that seems in doubt. The 24-year-old moved on loan to AFC Bournemouth on Deadline Day and it now seems that his new club are open to keeping the player permanently.
“I think anything is possible,” said Chairman Jeff Moyston at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester. “The best we can do is integrate Jack into the team and help him fulfil what he wants. Whether or not we will go beyond this season, I think everything is possible.
“You have to be realistic and Jack may well consider his home to be back at Arsenal. If that was the case then we couldn’t disagree with his decision — and the decision will be his.
“But if there is a possibility and [manager] Eddie Howe decides that he’s somebody he wants to keep it will be up to him.
“He will have to persuade [owner] Maxim Demin to unload a huge treasure chest in order to keep him. That would be the $64 million question — it may even be the £64m transfer fee!”
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It seems rather unlikely that Jack Wilshere will ever move to Bournemouth in a permanent deal. There is still a feeling that this loan move is just to get the player time on the pitch ahead of next season. It would certainly be a coup for the South Coast club but one which seems very unlikely.