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Ornstein: Jack Wilshere to join Bournemouth on loan

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They were chosen over Roma and Crystal Palace, among others.

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According to our main man David Ornstein over at the BBC, midfielder Jack Wilshere will join AFC Bournemouth on loan for the season. The Ornacle says that Arsenal rejected interest from Roma, and Crystal Palace are “focusing elsewhere” on this mildly interesting deadline day. We reported earlier that AC Milan had interest, but they also evidently are out (or were they ever really in?) so Bournemouth it is.

Here’s what Aidan said earlier about Bournemouth and Jack:

However, don’t discount Bournemouth’s approach just yet. The Daily Mail report that Wilshere has met with Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe, with the presence of former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, Wilshere’s best friend and the godfather to one of his children, an appealing draw.

An intriguing footnote is that Howe has been mentioned in certain corners as a possible successor to Arsène Wenger. While he may be too inexperienced at the top level to go straight into the club next season, it is something to keep an eye on, and Wilshere would benefit more from Eddie Howe’s tutorship than Alan Pardew’s.

The club will likely make an official announcement later, but in the meantime, if this happens, best of luck to the kid. Here’s hoping Eddie Howe can fix you.