The former Arsenal midfielder held productive talks with new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini with the former England international encouraged by the Chilean’s words.
It’s set to leave Turkish giants Fenerbahce disappointed. The Sarı Kanaryalar reportedly made a big offer to Wilshere last week but West Ham are keen to sign up the boyhood Hammers fan.
When Wilshere left Arsenal for a season-long loan at Bournemouth in 2016, a key factor was his children and the Hammers hope the lure of staying in London will give them an edge over the Turks who qualified for the Champions League group stage after finishing runners-up in the Super Lig last season.
The 26-year-old held out for an improved offer from Arsenal after initially rejecting a deal heavily weighted toward appearances. After a horrendous number of injuries down the years, Wilshere accepted some form of ‘pay as you play’ element was inevitable but was unable to reach an agreement with the Gunners.
A decade after breaking into the first team, he left the Emirates this summer.
Everton and Wolves are also keen on Wilshere, who is desperate for regular first-team football after missing out on the England World Cup finals squad.