Coyle has been trying to sign the 18-year-old all January, including while he was managing at his former club, Burnley. But the move seemed to hang in the balance after a row with the Gunners’ boss following the match at the Emirates last Wednesday, when Coyle accused Arsenal defender William Gallas of a tackle “akin to assault” on his young midfielder Mark Davies.
Coyle remains the favourite to sign the England under-21 star after apologising both publicly and over the phone to Wenger. But there is strong interest from elsewhere, with Wigan, Burnley, Portsmouth, West Ham and former England boss Steve McClaren’s FC Twente all believed to be keen. Wilshire, who supported the Hammers as a boy, will be given a big say in where he spends the rest of the season according to Wenger.
He told the Daily Mirror: “We have a few interests now from Premier League teams, it will be decided soon. At the end of the day, Wilshere will have his say, because he needs to decide where he likes to go.
“But Bolton are not out of the running. I wasn’t pleased with their reaction [last week] but we have to be above that and do what is best for Wilshere.”
The Stevenage-born youngster has made seven appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season.
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