Newcastle United and Swansea City have entered the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to The Telegraph.

The Gunners have made the midfielder available for transfer this summer in a move to not lose the star for nothing in 12 months time when his contract expires.

The news comes as a shock reality for Wilshere, who was dubbed the future of Arsenal and English football when he burst onto the scene at the London club.

However, a career plagued by injuries culminated in a loan spell at Bournemouth last season – and now Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is ready to let the England international leave the Emirates Stadium for good.

Swansea are in the hunt for a central midfielder, particularly with the increasing likelihood that star player Gylfi Sigurdsson will be move to Everton this summer.

With Jack Cork already departing the Liberty Stadium for Burnley in this window, manager Paul Clement’s options in the centre of the park are looking woefully thin and a player of Wilshere’s calibre could be essential to any survival hopes.

Newcastle are in a similar position to the Welsh outfit and will be looking to add to the steady progress made in the transfer market this week.

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez brought in both Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo over the last seven days and has confirmed the club are still pressing to add further quality to the squad at St James’ Park.

Wilshere is a prospect that should appeal to the hierarchy at the North East outfit, given the Premier League experience the player has and the potential sell-on value of the 25-year-old.

While both clubs could be seen as a potential destination for the star, wages could play a major part in any move.

Wilshere currently earns £90,000 a week at Arsenal and would have to take a significant pay cut to move on to either club.

However, being offered a platform to perform in the Premier League during a World Cup year should be highly appealing to the player – and a move to either Wales or the North East would offer him just that.

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