Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

West Ham sign former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere on three-year deal

West Ham sign former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere on three-year deal

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says new signing Jack Wilshere is hungry to play and believes the midfielder still has plenty to give.

The England global put pen-to-paper with the Hammers and will fly out to Switzerland to link up with Manuel Pellegrini's squad at their pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz.

Among Wilshere's first objectives at his new club will be to play his way back into the England squad, having missed out on the 23-man panel for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

"It feels good, it feels special", said Wilshere on the West Ham website.

Wilshere, who has been capped 34 times by England and is a boyhood Hammers fan, said upon the completion of his move: "It feels good, it feels special".

"Many people know that I've had a special bond with this club growing up".

"The fans, of course - everyone knows how big West Ham's fanbase is - and especially in this new Stadium".

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Pellegrini added: "Most importantly, he is hungry to play for West Ham, and determined to reproduce the level of performance that he has shown in the past".

West Ham director of football Mario Husillos said both he and manager Pellegrini were eager to complete a deal for the midfielder.

Wilshere - whose contract ran out at the end of June - chose to look for a new club when new Gunners manager Unai Emery told him he would not be a first choice next season.

West Ham finished 13th in their last campaign.

Wilshere had been linked with a move to other Premier League sides, and also a move overseas to Italy, where there has been much interest in the midfielder.

Wilshere's leadership skills have been recognised by some of football's biggest characters, as the England worldwide wore the armband many times for Arsenal during his tenure there.

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