Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he would love to see Liverpool forward Luis Suarez join the Gunners this summer.
The north London outfit remain keen to sign the Uruguay international and have already seen two club record bids knocked back by the Reds. Arsenal's second offer, the now-infamous £40m plus £1 approach, was expected to trigger the 26-year-old's release clause but it later emerged that amount only required the Merseyside club to inform the striker about the bid.
Both clubs are now locked in negotiations and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is expected to return with a third offer. Wilshere hailed Suarez as a great footballer and welcomed the addition but refused to comment about the ongoing transfer speculation, out of respect to Liverpool.
"He's a top player and he showed that last season. He brings something different to the team and scores goals. He's a great player, I'd love to see him here. But you never know. I can't talk about other players. He's still playing for another team so it's disrespectful. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks," the England international said.
Wilshere also backed Wenger to pull off a few quality signings before the end of the transfer window and pointed out that new, high-profile summer arrivals always increased a team's confidence, heading into the fresh season.
"New signings and big players always bring confidence. The players get excited when they hear the names being splashed about. We'll see what the manager does. We trust him and the club. I'm sure there will be some players coming in," the midfielder added.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recently suggested Arsenal should pay close to £100m for Suarez, since Real Madrid are set to pay around the same for Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale. However, Wenger has now ruled out such a big-money approach.
"You know me well enough to come to your own conclusion on that [if Arsenal would shell out £100m for Suarez]. I wouldn't like to talk openly about negotiations because that's not my target in a press conference. We will work very hard to strengthen our squad, without naming any specific names. I will treat every transfer in a fair, respectful way," the French tactician stressed.