Manchester United keeping close tabs on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere - sources

Louis van Gaal could be interested in a move for the Arsenal midfielder.

Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Jack Wilshere’s contract situation at Arsenal, HITC sources understand.

The England midfielder is a surprise name on the shopping list of Louis van Gaal’s team and is deemed to be a realistic target.

United are interested in Wilshere as they assess options to reinvigorate their central midfield.

Wilshere has come to United’s attention because he is still only 23, has his best years ahead of him and there is a feeling that he might need a fresh challenge and a move away from the London bubble.

One concern might be the injury record of the midfielder, who has yet to return to Arsene Wenger’s side since undergoing ankle surgery last November.

Sources close to Arsenal have told HITC that Wenger still has faith in Wilshere despite the series of injuries that have stalled his progress since his breakthrough 2010-11 campaign, when he was widely regarded as one of Europe’s outstanding young midfielders.

He has three years remaining on his contract and the Gunners are ready to begin talks on extending the deal beyond 2018.

Wilshere has made just 16 appearances for Arsenal this season but is closing in on a first-team comeback and is in the mix to figure in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea - having been an unused substitute in last weekend's FA Cup semi-final victory over Reading at Wembley.

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