Everton Ready to Break Bank to Land Wilshere

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Everton are ready to offer Jack Wilshere a £8m signing-on bonus to seal a summer move to Goodison Park, according to the Daily Mirror.

With Arsenal unable to agree terms on a new deal with the 26-year-old, Everton are one of a cluster of clubs willing to offer Wilshere the chance of a new start.

In a bout of press interviews, the midfielder put pressure on the Gunners hierarchy by declaring himself fit, and fitter than any levels the club placed on him being offered a new deal.

Arsenal have yet to respond beyond the platitudes of Arsene Wenger, who reiterated his desire that Wilshere stays at the Emirates.

Gareth Southgate rewarded his recent form by including Wilshere in the England squad for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy. Arsenal fans shift uneasily at such moments recalling the injuries he suffered on international duty previously.

That’s cutting little ice with the new executives at the club and Everton nipped in to make contact with his agents over a potential move to Goodison Park this summer. With no transfer fee to pay when his contract expires, Wilshere can command a significant pay rise on his £90,000 per week salary.

Everton, backed by former Arsenal shareholder Farhad Moshiri, are willing to put their money where their mouth is.

Wilshere though is keen to remain in north London. However, with new contracts being offered to other midfielders such as Mohamed Elneny, the Gunners hierarchy face a struggle to convince the Englishman to accept the pay cut on offer.