Newcastle Could Be Moving Closer To Signing This Superstar

Even though Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said it’s his intention to keep Jack Wilshire at the Gunners during the last year of his contract, that hasn’t stopped punters from installing Newcastle as 5/2 favorites on SkyBet to sign Wilshire this summer.

Those are the odds on Newcastle signing Jack, and they have shortened in the last few days.

It seems a problem for Arsenal to keep Jack at the club this season because then he will become a free agent next summer.

So if Newcastle doesn’t sign him this summer we could do that next summer, although there will be quite a few clubs after the 25-year-old England International should he become a free agent.

Arsenal’s England superstar Jack Wilshire

And because he’s older than 24 Arsenal would not even be entitled to compensation for Jack coming through the Youth Academy at Arsenal if he becomes a free agent.

Here’s the latest betting on Skybet as to where Jack will end up this summer:

Newcastle 5/2
West Ham 5/1
Aston Villa 8/1
West Brom 16/1
Swansea 16/1

The problem we have with Newcastle signing Jack is we don’t know how we can do it.

We don’t have the £20M to sign him outright, and if he goes on loan for the season, then he will become a free agent next summer.

So it seems the best deal for Arsenal would be a permanent transfer this summer.

That would surely rule Newcastle out of the reckoning for the 34 times capped England International?

Jack has played 159 first team games with 12 goals and 24 assists for Arsenal.

It would be great if we can sign Jack – we just don’t know how it’s possible because we don’t seem to have the money this summer.

Maybe we are missing something here.

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19 comments so far

  • magscar

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost I never learn not to start a long one at this time of day

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:26 AM
    Comment #5

    We all know Ashley’s history or if we don’t there are plenty on here to regurgitate it ad nauseum. We also know that Rafa made the first move in the shotgun marriage between them occasioned by McLaren’s disastrous appointment and results. A marriage of convenience perhaps but is anyone else fed up of all the negativity from pundits and posters and daily expectation of an acromonious divorce .

    We all know how easy it is to get a bandwagon rolling about NUFC. Speculation by one journalist, bit of conjecture by another spiced and stirred up by others with an agenda and you have a feast to serve to those starvimg fans waiting for it all to go wrong.

    Yes Rafa isn’t happy with transfer market and frustrated by inaction but there no clear signs as yet that he won’t complete at least this season – so stop willing it. It isn’t how he or we pictured it in May but we have made progress. I trust that it is sufficient to keep Rafa determined and still on course with the long term achievable project HE had spotted.

    This club is notorious especially under Ashley for journalists without a regular direct line having to look at the tea leaves and interpret as best they can, some better than others but none being always correct. It is also not unknown for Rafa to use the press to his own devices or for Ashley’s PR men to also season the pot. It is all a dance and doesn’t necessarily mean one partner is looking to leave the floor.

    Sorry for mixed metaphors but can’t be bothered to rewrite part to fit more neatly

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Theoretically we could sign him on loan with a commitment to buy for a fixed fee at the end of it.

    Surely Arsenal will want some hefty cash up front though (as will jack/Agents), and what about Perez? I guess that’s not happening now.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Why bother?

    The guy is a burnt out sick note and not to mention the psyche of the man (and family); bunch of arrogant self entitled cretins.

    It would be like a worse version of signing Owen again

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m assuming he will want massive wages. It’s a big gamble on the fitness issue and regarding his rumoured off field shenanigans. I would say it’s a ‘no’, all things considered.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #5

    If he’s a free agent in the summer then surely it’s in Arsenals best interests to sell him now and in his best interests to get a good deal at new club. Wages might be an issue for sure but don’t let that get in the way, find a deal , a signing on fee or end of season bonus ( dependent on league position ) that circumnavigates that. If there’s concerns over past injuries then loan deal with a transfer fee at the end of the season to Arsenal if all is well with his fitness. Just hope that Charnley is up to the job. Being an Arsenal player I can’t help thinking that moving to West Ham is a non starter as that’s too territorial and like Joselu moving to a wonderful city such as Newcastle has to be an attractive proposition compared to the likes of Swansea. On his day he’ll command the pitch and threaten opponents and would soon become a great addition to the team.

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    I think he should be in the ‘pay as you play’ category myself.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Mmm Tom_Toon has a different perspective on Wiltshire. I don’t know about his background but considering we’ve had Batty, Barton, Ranger and Owen ( now reduced to radio Voice Overs for a Claims Company – make note not to use them ) amongst others and Shelvey has yet to redden himself then let’s decide on football ability as that’s what well want to see.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8


  • Harley

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Please God not this waster!!!!
    My mates in London know him and he’s constantly out on the drink during the week.
    He’s injury prone, overrated and terrible attitude.

    However I do think it’s just paper talk thank god.

  • nut meg

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Jack Wilshire’s injury history….it’s a no no for me.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #11

    As already remarked upon – Wilshere skilled footballer but suffers lots of injuries,smokes tabs and appears to have a lifestyle not conducive to that of a professional sportsman – so no thanks.

    Cannot really accept that football professionals did not have any awareness/inkling that prices for players would rise -with increases in Tv money -which the whole world knew about -prices always rise.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Cheers for that Magscar. Not been on for a few days and thought about seeing what’s, been said, but from your post I gather it’s not worth bothering! 🙂 The end of the world as we know it?
    Canny volley from Joselu like. Let’s hope he can hit them all that sweet.
    Can’t see any way we’ll sign Wilshire myself. Not that I don’t rate him – far from it, always thought he was an exceptional player when on form – just that if we had that sort of money I think Rafa would have spent it elsewhere, like on another striker.
    From what I’ve seen of Murrino so far, I think we’ve got adequate cover for Shelvey. He looked good in preseason and when he came on on Sunday he was demanding the ball and using it well. His movement off the ball made him hard to negate as well, losing his marker easily.
    I wouldn’t say no to Wilshire, I just can’t see it happening.

  • bills-son

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Wilshire a ‘superstar’?

    I don’t think so.

    He hasn’t been an Arsenal first choice for more than a season and he didn’t pull up any trees at Bournemouth, in fact he was often benched .

    There are many players who have shone early in their career and quickly faded, more so in this era when earning 10s of £1000s a week can turn the head and affect dedication to training, ambition etc.

    Wilshire is no longer a superstar but I bet he wants superstar wages and a lengthy contract in case the sh1t hits the fan and he fails to get back to anywhere near his previous form.

    Unless Rafa knows something we don’t Id leave well alone.

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s quite simple
    If Rafa sees something in him he can use all well and good
    Why people persist in getting themselves aerated about potential signings is strange.
    Merino , Manquillo , Lejeune and Joselu all had more than their fair share of whiners and whingers , and now , they all seem to be at least half decent signings.

  • Bryan

    Aug 18, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Has anyone been watching whats gone on this summer? We are buying strikers for £5m for gods sake how on earth are we going to afford Wilshire. Please stop all these crazy stories of this player or that player coming i.e. Perez, McCarthy, Wilshire its never going to happen.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 18, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16


    we have different definitions of the word superstar.
    over hyped English man being sold by snake oil salesmen.

    this may sound silly , but i’d rather keep ginger pirlo than sign him, i wouldn’t play him but at least he makes it to the training ground and gives his all.

  • Phil K

    Aug 18, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Londoners get nose bleeds beyond Teddington.
    Can’t see this happening.
    Added to which, he’s a sick note waver. Missing half a season or more is just what we DON’T need

  • Phil K

    Aug 18, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    …..and as he did sweet FA at Bournmouth I’d say he’s shot his bolt

  • mindshaft

    Aug 18, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    No thanks, was always overrated


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