Crystal Palace are leading the way to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan on transfer deadline day, according to British newspaper reports.
A club source has told ESPN that Arsenal are looking to send Wilshere out on loan this season to give the midfielder a chance to revive his injury-plagued career.
The England international has yet to make a Premier League start this season and interest in his signature is said to be high, with the Daily Mirror reporting 22 sides have made an approach.
The Times reports Palace face competition from Roma, Watford and Bournemouth for Wilshere’s signature, while the Daily Telegraph reports Arsenal will only allow the player to join a Premier League side.
Former England manager Roy Hodgson selected Wilshere for Euro 2016 despite a broken leg decimating his 2015-16 season and restricting him to one Arsenal start, but new national team boss Sam Allardyce did not select him for the squad to face Slovakia on Sept. 4.
“Jack just hasn’t had enough game time,” Allardyce said on Monday. “Hopefully he will get that in the future at Arsenal.
“If Jack Wilshere was playing every week for Arsenal he would be in the squad, but unfortunately he isn’t. It is game time for him and it has been few and far between because he has had too many injuries unfortunately.
“It is a question of game time and the contribution he is making to Arsenal and he is not doing that at the moment, so I left him out.”
Wilshere’s return to fitness for the new campaign has coincided with Santi Cazorla — out injured for much of last term — becoming available again to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Wenger recruited Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka over the summer to bolster his options in the middle of the park, and with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also competing for places, Wilshere has found himself down the pecking order.