Roma has made a late bid for wantaway Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and according to Sky Sports, the Italian club have already had some positive talks with the Gunners. They are apparently edging closer to sign the Englishman.

Initially, it was believed that Wilshere had the choice between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth as his destination on a season-long loan.

Some reports claimed Wilshere and his representatives met Palace boss Alan Pardew on Tuesday afternoon and Cherries manager Eddie Howe in the evening.

Both those meetings were in London and Wilshere told Pardew and Howe he would inform the respective clubs of his decision on Wednesday morning.

But Italian giants Roma have now joined the race – making a “significant effort”, according to Sky sources – to sign the England man, with Wilshere now having the option of a glamorous move abroad to consider too.

The 24-year-old agreed with the Gunners last week that he would go out to get regular games following a series of injuries. Wilshere made just one Premier League start last season.

According to Sky sources, Palace, Bournemouth, and Watford all made serious offers to take Wilshere on loan, as well as Portuguese top-flight clubs Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.

The central midfielder has made two substitute appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side so far this season.

Wilshere has found opportunities hard to come by, with Wenger having signed Egypt international Mohamed Elneny from Basel in the January transfer window and spent £34m to bring Switzerland star Granit Xhaka to the club earlier in the summer.


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