Jack Wilshere has agreed a six-month contract with Bournemouth as the midfielder looks to reignite his career in the Championship.
The 29-year-old has been training with Bournemouth, where he spent the 2016-17 season on loan from Arsenal, since last month. Wilshere had his contract at West Ham terminated in October after making nine starts in two and a half years.
Wilshere made 27 appearances for Bournemouth as they finished ninth in the Premier League – the highest position in their history – four years ago. Relegated from the Premier League last season, Bournemouth are currently third in the Championship.
Wilshere had been considering a move to the MLS but has impressed Bournemouth’s manager, Jason Tindall, since asking to train with the club before Christmas. Wilshere has not played a league game since July and last completed 90 minutes for West Ham in the EFL Cup in September but believes he can be involved from the outset at Bournemouth. “I am ready to go but at the same time this league allows you to get up to speed really quickly because the games come thick and fast,” he said.
Wilshere added: “Hopefully I can get my match fitness. I’d been away from the game for a while and been training on my own but it gets to a point where you need to be around football players and do football training, rather than just running. I had a lot of time to reflect on what I wanted to do and I picked up the phone to Jase and he was helpful and said: ‘Come down and train, keep your fitness up.’”
The midfielder was registered with the English Football League on Monday morning, meaning Wilshere is eligible to feature against Derby on Tuesday. The Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma will also be available for selection after having his red card in Saturday’s surprise defeat by Luton overturned by the Football Association.
Meanwhile Bournemouth have accepted a bid for defender Jack Simpson from Cardiff, who are also thought be closing on a deal for the Crewe right-back and captain Perry Ng.