clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Everton will pay big signing fee for summer free transfer

Evidently the Blues really want Arsenal midfielder

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

If the reports from The Times are to be believed, Everton want Jack Wilshere and they want him really badly.

The midfielder’s current deal with Arsenal expires at the end of this season, and the Gunners have made him an offer of reduced wages on a new contract that the player is yet to accept. Apparently the player has indicated that he wants to stay in London, but has not indicated that he is happy with the £80,000-a-week being offered, with the opportunity to increase that with bonuses and add-ons.

Enter Everton, who Matt Hughes claims are ready to drop some big money as a signing bonus for the England midfielder, apart from giving him a better-paying contract.

Everton are prepared to pay Jack Wilshere a staggering £8 million signing-on fee to move to Goodison Park this summer.

While the Toffees’ interest in the player has recently come to light, it is interesting how far the Blues appear willing to go to sign the midfielder. Wilshere has made 33 appearances for the Gunners this season, with nine coming in the Europa League, scoring twice and picking up five assists. His Arsenal career has been streaked with long-term injuries and he has struggled to regain the form that saw him a key member of Arsene Wenger’s squad just a few years ago.

Despite a poor loan spell at AFC Bournemouth, Wilshere has been key for Wenger this season and the Frenchman would like to see him stay.

“We made a proposal to him, I want him to stay and my desire is to see him linked to the club for the future. I hope he will do it.”

Wenger then added that he felt Wishere should go to Russia for this summer’s World Cup with England.

“Yes and I wish he is in the England squad. The vibes I get are positive. I believe he has a good chance to be in there, but we have to leave that to Gareth Southgate. I have enough to do with my job.”