Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is yet to make a decision over his future but Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew remains hopeful of luring the England international to Selhurst Park. The 24-year-old has been made available for a loan move for the 2016-17 season and is considering three separate offers as the summer transfer window ticks into the final hours.
Sky Sports understand Wilshere is considering proposals from Roma, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. Reports suggest the former Bolton Wanderers loanee met with Cherries boss Eddie Howe and Palace coach Pardew on Tuesday [30 August] to discuss a move with a decision expected early on deadline day however.
However, a late offer from Roma has thwarted the efforts of the Premier League pair and should the Italian giants reach an agreement with Arsenal over his wages then Wilshere appears destined to move to Serie A. Pardew however remains optimistic an agreement can be reached ahead of the 11pm deadline on 31 August.
"Jack is a player that became available yesterday [Tuesday] and we thought it would be silly not to get involved," Pardew told Sky Sports of Wilshere, who has made two substitute appearances for Arsenal this season. "Obviously there are a lot of clubs who would like Jack and all guess we're one of them. We have done so great in this window it really would be the icing on the cake if we could get it across the line. We've got other targets who we are pursuing today so we're having a look at those just as much as we're looking at Jack.
"In terms of where we stand though if we didn't get anyone across the lie I'd still be very, very pleased. The chairman and the board have done brilliant to get the players we have. We needed to address the lack of goals that we've been scoring and we like to think we've done that with or without a new signing. Now it is about getting our best 11 on the pitch as often as possible and getting some great results for our fans."
Wilshere's dwindling fortunes with Arsenal led to him being omitted from Sam Allardyce's first England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. The Gunners have signed Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in the previous two transfer windows, while Wilshere's multiple fitness problems have seen him plummet down the pecking order.