On Tuesday evening, reports from Turkey suggested that former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was all set to be announced as a Fenerbache player but as I sit writing this early on Thursday morning, no official news has been announced by Wilshere or the Istanbul-based club.
As I’m sure many of you are already aware, Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for the central midfielder from the moment it first became clear that he would be leaving The Emirates this summer, thanks in no small part to the close association the 26-year-old enjoys with Roy Hodgson following their time together with England.
A week or so ago, it had looked as though the Eagles had been priced out of the race for his signature but with news of Yohan Cabaye’s decision to swap Selhurst Park for Dubai filtering through on Tuesday, a number of Palace fans have openly questioned whether or not the club will look to revisit negotiations with the fiery midfield man.
Quite clearly, he won’t be willing to come for peanuts and with Palace already relatively well off in that area of the field, (as discussed here) it’s a move Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff may be put off from making. Of course, in an ideal world, we’d bring him into the fold alongside a host of others but with wage budgets already looking rather tight, the smart money is still likely to be on him signing up elsewhere.
With that in mind, you can’t help but wonder what the hold up is in an official announcement being made by Fenerbache. Have West Ham reignited their interest at the last minute? Is Wilshere simply getting cold feet at the thought of moving from London to Turkey? Have they too balked at his wage demands? Sadly, I don’t have any answers, just educated guesses.
Were we looking to source a combative replacement for Cabaye, Wilshere would seem like an obvious choice but as things stand, I’m just not sure we’re willing to meet his terms.