Former Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Joins West Ham on 3-Year Deal

GETTYWest Ham transfer news Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko could both be coming

The former England global left the Emirates after the expiry of his contract, opening up a free transfer to West Ham, with whom he's signed a three-year deal.

Versatile attacker Felipe Anderson, meanwhile, has been a target of Manuel Pellegrini's since he took the West Ham job, and the deal finally appears to be gaining traction after previously reaching something of an impasse.

West Ham's busy start to the transfer window looks set to continue, with the Hammers reportedly closing in on moves for Lazio's Felipe Anderson and Corinthians defender Fabian Balbuena.

Wilshere in one of his final games for Arsenal.

Arsenal's deal was thought to be heavily incentivised and contained plenty of add-on payments based on appearances and fitness of the player.

Wilshere made 197 appearances for the Gunners and helped them win back-to-back FA Cups in 2014 and 2015.

Wilshere joins after leaving Arsenal on a free transfer following 17 years at all levels with the club, with West Ham beating off competition from Fenerbache for his signature.

West Ham had hoped to sign Anderson for around £35 million but have had to increase their offer.

Wilshere grew up in a West Ham-supporting family, idolising the likes of John Moncur, Paolo Di Canio and Joe Cole.

Jack Wilshere says he is delighted to have completed a move to West Ham and revealed the key role new boss Manuel Pellegrini played in convincing him to switch allegiances.

Speaking after signing for West Ham, the 26-year-old said he feels good joining his childhood club.

"I think I must have been about six or seven, my whole family were West Ham fans, I was a West Ham fan, still have a soft spot for them of course".

Wilshere came through the Arsenal youth academy and spent over a decade at the north London outfit.

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