Five Premier League midfielders Everton should sign instead of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018 in London, England.

Everton are said to be confident of signing Jack Wilshere, but there are less risky alternatives to the injury-prone Arsenal ace.

dJack Wilshere of Arsenal in action uring the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018 in London, England.

Everton have been reported by as being 'confident' over securing the signing of Arsenal contract rebel Jack Wilshere this summer.

The Toffees look in need of changes to their squad after a disappointing season, but many will rightly doubt that moving for an injury-prone has-been is really the best solution to their issues.

While there's no question Wilshere was once a fine player and had the potential to be up there with the best, things have simply not worked out for him and Everton could do better.

Here's our run-down of five realistic targets, all based in the Premier League, who could make superior signings for Everton's midfield this summer...

Jack Cork (Burnley)

Jack Cork of Burnley in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on January 20, 2018 in Burnley, England.

Recently called up to the England squad, Jack Cork has been one of many fine performers for Burnley in their surprise success this season.

The 28-year-old may not have quite the same high ceiling as Wilshere, but is a no-nonsense, solid player who would add balance to an Everton team that have blown hot and cold for so much of this season.

One expects Burnley may struggle to keep a number of their best players this summer and Everton should be right there ready to pounce.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford)

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England.

One of the stand-out players outside of the big six this season, Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure is bound to be a wanted man this summer.

Bigger names have started to emerge as potential suitors for the Frenchman, and Everton themselves were linked with him earlier this season by the Daily Mirror.

A rising star and real all-rounder on the pitch, Doucoure could be a signing to take Everton to the next level, rather than an unimaginative move for Wilshere simply because he's available.

Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Brom)

Grzegorz Krychowiak of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2018 in London,...

He's not had the best of times of late and could be part of a West Brom team that's set to go down, but there's more to Grzegorz Krychowiak than this.

The Poland international was immense at Sevilla before a move to Paris Saint-Germain that didn't work out, and he's also wound up on loan at a Premier League club that were never likely to get the best out of him.

A team like Everton seems precisely the right level for Krychowiak, and with PSG unlikely to give him another chance, the Toffees should swoop.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)

Leicester City's Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (R) runs away from Bournemouth's English striker Callum Wilson during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City...

A young player improving all the time, Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi may already be somewhat out of Everton's range after his remarkable rise.

The Nigerian looks set to have a great career at the top level of the game and he's stylistically perfect for the Premier League.

It would be great to see Everton push the boat out for a player of his calibre, and if it's ever going to happen it surely has to be this summer.

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea)

Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on February 16, 2018 in London, England.

Finally, Everton could also do well to gamble on Danny Drinkwater, who's had a bit of a miserable time at Chelsea.

The England international was superb for much of his time with Leicester and needs to be playing regularly again for a club of that level.

Everton could be the answer for him, and they'd surely benefit from bringing him in if he can get back to his best.

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