Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has set his sights on adding Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to his squad this summer, according to the Mirror.

The 26-year-old is widely expected to leave the North London outfit on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the month and the Eagles are the latest side reported to be interested in his services.

According to the report, new Gunners boss Unai Emery has told Wilshere that he is not guaranteed a spot in his starting XI and the England international is prepared to move elsewhere in order to secure regular first-team football.

The former Bolton Wanderers loanee, whose career and development have been blighted by injury, spent the last campaign looking to prove his fitness to the Arsenal board in order to earn a new deal.

Whilst he ended the season with 38 appearances to his name in all competitions, scoring twice in the process, it is understood that the club were only prepared to offer the midfielder reduced terms on a potential new deal.

Hodgson, who worked with Wilshere during his tenure as England manager, can expect to face stiff competition for the 26-year-old, from both home and abroad, with the likes of Everton, West Ham United, Juventus and AC Milan all thought to be interested in securing his services.

Palace, who started off the campaign in dire form under former boss Frank de Boer, were revitalised under Hodgson and ended the term in 11th place in the Premier League table, 11 points ahead of the bottom three.

Moving to Selhurst Park would undoubtedly provide Wilshere with the regular first-team football that his talent deserves, whilst signing a player of the 26-year-old’s calibre would fill Hodgson with confidence that his side can once again beat the drop, next season.


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