Should Newcastle challenge for Wilshere this summer?

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is closed down by Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea  during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2018 in London, England.

Newcastle United look like they won't be spending much money this summer, so perhaps soon-to-be free agent Jack Wilshere ought to be made a target.

Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere (L) vies with Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Vitolo during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Club Atletico...

Newcastle United appear to be a club that will not be splashing too much cash this summer, meaning they will need to be very astute over the next couple of months in the transfer market.

Following Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere's cryptic social media post that hinted he will be leaving Arsenal when his current contract expires, it begs the question: Would he be a good signing for the Magpies?

The Telegraph claims West Ham United and Crystal Palace are both interested in signing the 26-year-old, but perhaps Newcastle and Rafa Benitez should be tempting him up north with the promise of a fresh start at a big club.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Wilshere on a free would be absolutely excellent business, and he could form a solid partnership with compatriot Jonjo Shelvey at the Magpies, with Mo Diame in behind anchoring the midfield.

Newcastle did excellently to finish 10th in the Premier League last season but, as things stand, they still have a lot of 'Championship standard' players who played above themselves last term.

Newcastle player Jonjo Shelvey (r) celebrates with goalscorer Ayoze Perez (l) and Mo Diame after the second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St....

Benitez needs improvements, because it is unlikely he will be able to mastermind a second successful survival campaign with his current crop, and Wishere would certainly improve Newcastle's cause.

If Newcastle lacked one thing last season, it was goals and fashioning the chances to score create. Shelvey had a fine season but he needs some help, and Wilshere's ball-carrying attributes could complement his tendency to act as a deep-lying play-maker at St. James' Park.

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