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West Ham sign Wilshere on a free transfer

9 Jul 2018
Jack Wilshere, West Ham United

Former Arsenal midfielder joins club he supported as a boy on a three-year contract

West Ham United have announced the signing of Jack Wilshere on a free transfer.

Wilshere has signed a three-year deal to join West Ham, the club he supported as a child, after his contract at Arsenal had expired.

“It feels good, it feels special,” he told the club's official website.

“People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park. My family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing.”

The 26-year-old is the club’s fourth summer signing following right-back Ryan Fredericks, central defender Issa Diop and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

He has made 165 Premier League appearances since his debut for Arsenal in 2008/09, scoring eight goals and providing 17 assists.

His first goal in the PL was against the Hammers in March 2010 while on loan at Bolton Wanderers.

Wilshere will hope to play in West Ham’s first match of the 2018/19 Premier League season at Liverpool on Sunday, 12 August.

He will also already be looking ahead to Matchweek 3 when his new club visit his old as Manuel Pellegrini's side visit Emirates Stadium on Saturday, 25 August.

See: Summer 2018 transfers - All the deals

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