Bournemouth have completed the signing of England international Jack Wilshere on a season-long loan from Arsenal in one of the biggest shock deals of transfer deadline day. The Cherries have seen off interest from clubs across Europe to secure the 24-year-old's services for the 2016-17 season after he was made available for a loan move by Arsene Wenger.
Roma and AC Milan also made proposals for the midfielder while Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew was also hopeful of convincing the player to remain in London. But having met Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe on Tuesday [30 October], Wilshere opted for a move to the south coast.
"Jack is a fantastic addition to the club," said Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake.
"He is a player that needs no introduction and one that, quite rightly, our supporters will be excited to see in a Bournemouth shirt.
"He will bring a wealth of international and Premier League experience, so we are delighted to be able to welcome a player of his calibre to the club."
Wilshere, who has been on Arsenal's books since the age of nine, has seen his senior career repeatedly disrupted by injury. A broken fibula saw him fail to start a single game for the Gunners last season and has made just two appearances from the bench at the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
His persistent injuries have also seen him fall out of favour at international level, with Sam Allardyce omitting him from his first England qualifier ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Slovakia.
Wilshere's persistent injury problems have seen him start just 80 Premier League games in eight years but will hope a move to the south coast with reignite his career for both club and country.