Hammers sign former Arsenal star Wilshere on free transfer

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal shows his frustration to the referee during the Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium

The club has announced the signing of former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, on a three year contract.

Not many current West Ham players have the CV that Wilshere possesses and this experience could prove to be invaluable as the Hammers aim to break into the Premier League's top half next season.

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".

"After speaking with the manager and those at the club I knew my future was at the London Stadium and I can't wait to get going now".

Despite being a West Ham fan, Wilshere came up through the youth ranks at fellow London side Arsenal, having joined them as a nine-year-old.

Wilshere said he did not have to think twice when he learned of Pellegrini's interest which made him join the east Londoners.

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"Jack is a player with excellent technical ability, combined with great energy and commitment, and has proven his quality both in the Premier League and at worldwide level".

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

Wilshere's contract expired last month.

The 26-year-old has been playing in the Premier League for his entire career, making 125 league appearances for Arsenal, whilst also playing 40 times for the Gunners in European competitions.

Wilshere didn't make the England squad for the World Cup having not played for the Three Lions since the loss to Iceland although he was in one squad in the meantime.

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