Shock favourite emerges in the race to sign Jack Wilshere

Wilshere on his way to Crystal Palace?
Wilshere on his way to Crystal Palace?

Crystal Palace have emerged as the favourites to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a season-long loan.

Confirmation that Arsenal are prepared to allow their England star to leave the club ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline came as a surprise on Monday, but it appears that talks over a possible move have been under discussion with numerous possible clubs.

Italian sides Juventus and Roma have joined Spanish side Valencia in being linked with a move for Wilshere, yet the chance to remain in London may be a deciding factor in Wilshere opting to make the move to Palace.

Alan Pardew’s side have already shown real ambition in the transfer market after sealing a £30m deal to sign striker Christian Benteke from Liverpool and adding Chelsea’s Loic Remy to their squad in a loan deal on Tuesday.

Yet the prospect of Wilshere making the move to Selhurst Park would add a finishing touch to an exciting squad rebuild for Pardew, with the 24-year-old midfielder determined to kick-start his career after asking to be allowed to leave the Gunners in a loan move.

With Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey and summer arrival Granit Xhaka all ahead of Wilshere in the battle to get into Arsene Wenger’s midfield line-up, Wilshere has clearly decided that he needs to move on in a bid to secure regular first team football.

Meanwhile, Pardew is eager to change the style of football being played by his team and a midfield featuring Wilshere and Yohan Cabaye combining with a front two of Benteke and Remy would certainly give Palace an exciting look after a slow start to the new Premier League season.