Wilshere will soon be on the lookout for a new club | Stephen Pond/Getty Images
West Ham have reportedly reached an agreement with Jack Wilshere to terminate his contract prematurely.
Wilshere joined the Irons in 2018 hoping to put his injury problems behind him with regular first-team football, but it soon became apparent that his issues weren’t going away. He is now in the third year of his contract, but made just his 19th appearance for the club in the Carabao Cup third round.
He hasn’t been named in a Premier League squad under David Moyes this season, and given he earns close to £100,000 per week, the club have been keen to cut their cloth by offloading him as soon as possible. For obvious reasons, however, finding a buyer has been a problem.
I am told that West Ham have reached an agreement to cancel Jack Wilshere’s contract by mutual consent #whufc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) October 5, 2020
The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg reports that a solution may have been reached. Steinberg notes that West Ham and Wilshere have reached an agreement to void the final year of his contract, allowing him to go in search of a new club after the transfer deadline has closed.
Were Wilshere to remain at West Ham, he would have until 11pm on Monday evening to sign for a club abroad, while the deadline for domestic transfers in England (although not between top-flight clubs) is on 16 October.
Incredible how West Ham are on the verge of cancelling Jack Wilshere’s contract but the club you can most imagine signing him on a free transfer is still West Ham.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) October 5, 2020
It’s a sad state of affairs for a player who was once one of the most highly-rated of an exciting generation. Coming out of the esteemed Arsenal academy, he made quite the impression under Arsene Wenger, and earned the first of 34 England caps aged just 18.
His time at Arsenal was marred by injury but he managed to rack up almost 200 appearances, and earned back to back FA Cup winner’s medals in 2014 and 2015. Now 28, he will be on the lookout for a new club for the second time in three years, and it is unclear as yet who will take a chance on him.