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West Ham must bolster their flagging midfield ranks by beating Everton to £16.2m-rated star

West Ham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side suffer a third heavy Premier League loss in a row after going down 3-0 at home to Burnley on Saturday.

David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Clarets off the back of successive 4-1 defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Swansea City, results which have seen them slip closer to the relegation zone. And the Hammers are now just two places clear of the bottom three as a Chris Wood brace alongside an Ashley Barnes strike secured all three points for Sean Dyche’s side, thus leaving Moyes’ West Ham just three points clear of danger.

Subsequently, there have been many disappointed Hammers fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can get back to winning ways when they face Southampton in a crunch relegation six-pointer at the London Stadium on March 31.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Everton are considering making a move for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere this summer, with the midfielder set to leave on a free if he doesn’t pen a new deal.

Yet with the Hammers in dire need of midfield reinforcements, they simply must bolster those ranks by beating Sam Allardyce’s side to the signing of the £16.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.

Ultimately, the West Ham centre midfield department hasn’t been good enough at all this season, with Cheikhou Kouyate seriously struggling for form in the last few weeks and Pedro Obiang injured – in fairness, Mark Noble has been solid, but is no longer the calibre of player to take them to the next level.

Yet Wilshere certainly is, and while many will point to his woeful injury record during his time at Arsenal, it’s worth noting that the England international has already appeared 30 times for the Gunners this season, his most lucrative season in terms of appearances since 2013/14.

And while that doesn’t mean that his injury troubles are behind him, it is a very good sign indeed that he has largely been able to stay injury-free this term, and as a result he has proven his worth to Arsene Wenger’s side with two goals and four assists, as well as several impressive displays.

And if West Ham are seeking to move to the next level in the coming years, they simply must bolster their midfield ranks with the calibre of player like Wilshere – he has proven in his career to date that he can perform against some of the best teams in the world.

The England star is supremely confident and comfortable on the ball and is always willing to pick it up in the middle of the park, while his eye for a pass and overall vision is second-to-none – front players like Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic would surely love to have someone as talented as Wilshere picking them out from the middle.

The Hammers were linked with the 26-year-old during the January window but ultimately no deal materialised, yet things could get very interesting indeed if Wilshere doesn’t sign a contract extension at Arsenal.

Everton are already reportedly keen, and many other sides are likely to be as well if the situation remains the same, so it is up to Moyes and the West Ham hierarchy to act fast and solve their midfield problems by beating the Merseysiders to the Gunners ace this summer.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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