Arsenal loanee becomes top target for Premier League rivals but Pep Guardiola ready to swoop

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly keen to make Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere his primary summer target, but will face competition from Manchester City.

The England international is currently on a season-long loan deal at Bournemouth, and has rediscovered his fitness and form under Eddie Howe.

After several injury-plagued campaigns, Wilshere has already made 17 Premier League appearances so far this season, the majority of which he has played a full 90 minutes in.

However, as reported by The Mirror, it has led to interest from elsewhere as Arsenal could have a possible transfer headache on their hands with the 25-year-old attracting interest from Everton and Manchester City.

As far as the Toffees are concerned, Koeman is hopeful of signing Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United this month, according to the report, but is still looking for a creative midfielder to add to his squad.

Wilshere would fit the bill and backed by major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, the club could offer Wilshere big wages to try and prise him away from the Emirates Stadium.

Nevertheless, perhaps the more worrying aspect of the story is that City boss Pep Guardiola is also keen as he has reportedly asked to be kept informed if Arsenal are willing to sell.

Wilshere will likely get a new contract from Arsenal between now and the summer, with his current deal expiring in 18 months, regardless of whether or not he is part of the long-term thinking at the club.

If he is to leave, it would protect Arsenal’s position and help them get a suitable fee, but in all likelihood given the season that he is having, Wilshere should get a new contract offer from the Gunners with a view of playing a prominent role for them next season.

Time will tell if it works out that way, but it seems as though Everton and City will be keeping a close eye on matters moving forward.

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