Jack Wilshere has resigned himself to the fact that he has no future as an Arsenal player and wants to move to West Ham United, report The Daily Star.
The England international was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last season and was expected to leave during the summer transfer window.
However, no deal was done, with the Hammers reportedly put off by a price tag in the region of £20 million.
And with Arsenal making no moves to offer the midfielder a new contract, he is unlikely to remain at The Emirates after this season is over.
He made a substitute appearance against Cologne in the Champions League last week, only to lose his place to youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
That has been interpreted as a clear snub and he now looks set to become a fringe player in Arsene Wenger’s squad, and likely to only feature in Carabao Cup and Europa League matches.
Those games will be give him the opportunity to prove to West Ham – and any other potential suitors – that he is worth a bid during the January window, particularly if he can stay fit.
His injury record was also reportedly a factor as the Hammers decided against paying the Gunners the price they wanted for the 25-year-old.
Wilshere was first linked with West Ham in spring, and the club identified him as an option after their move to sign William Carvalho broke down late in the transfer window.
Reports suggested Slaven Bilic was preparing a bid to take him on a season-long loan but nothing materialised.
If fully fit, he would undoubtedly add some creativity and craft to West Ham’s midfield – much as he did when on loan at Bournemouth.
However, as Carvalho is still keen on a move to London, it means Wilshere’s future remains uncertain.
And if the Hammers are instead prepared to spend upwards of £20 million on the Portugal international, the England man will have to look elsewhere for first-team football unless he chooses to move to the London Stadium on a free transfer when his contract expires in June.