Bournemouth keen to sign Jack Wilshere on permanent deal, says Eddie Howe

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he would love to sign Jack Wilshere permanently from Arsenal

Eddie Howe has said he would love Jack Wilshere to sign a permanent deal at Bournemouth - but the Cherries boss revealed no talks have been held with Arsenal over a proposed transfer.

The 25-year-old midfielder joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan in August, after being allowed to leave Arsenal by manager Arsene Wenger in search of first-team football.

Wilshere exclusively told Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday that he would not make a decision on his future until the end of the season and is focused on maintaining Bournemouth's Premier League status.

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But when asked about the possibility of signing Wilshere on a permanent deal, Howe said: "We would love that to happen.

"I can't rate Jack enough as a footballer, as a person, how he has come into the team and what he has delivered for us, but there has been no discussion with Arsenal.

"As I see it, Jack is on loan for the season and then we will look at it and Jack will look at it."

Jason Puncheon fouls Jack Wilshere at the Vitality Stadium
Image: Wilshere has impressed on loan at the south-coast club

Wilshere, who has been blighted by a series of injuries in the past few seasons, has been a permanent fixture in Howe's side this campaign, making 21 appearances and registering two assists.

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And Howe, whose side host Manchester City in the Premier League on Monday Night Football, believes there is more to come from the England international.

"Jack views this as his home at the moment and until the end of the season," added Howe, whose side sit in 14th place.

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"His heart has been here and from the day he walked in the door there has been no problems there. But it is his right to review his options at the end of the season and see where his career goes next.

"This season we have improved a lot of the aspects of our play because of him - it is always down to the team - but he has fitted into that team very well.

"He is producing more match-defining moments, like the one against Everton, and I think there are more moments like that to come."

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