Wilshere leaves Arsenal for London rival West Ham

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Wilshere was born in Stevenage and was brought up in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, an hour's journey north of West Ham's old ground of Upton Park.

West Ham are reportedly set to complete a club record deal for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere said it felt "special" to be joining West Ham on a free transfer on Monday as it is the club he and his family supported.

When Jack Wilshere left Arsenal this summer, nearly in tandem with father-figure Arsene Wenger, speculation about his next destination was rather timid in comparison to the rumours surrounding players of his ilk.

Last month, Wilshere revealed that he was ending his long-term association with Arsenal after being told by Unai Emery that he would only be used as a bit-part player.

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'Many people know that I've had a special bond with this club growing up.

"I think I must have been about six or seven, my whole family were West Ham fans, I was a West Ham fan, still have a soft spot for them of course".

There has been a lot of toing and froing between both clubs this summer as West Ham look to make their second high-profile signing of the summer - the Hammers have already spent £22.5m to sign Toulouse prodigy Issa Diop.

Mario Husillos, director of football at West Ham, said he and Pellegrini had made Wilshere's signing a priority once they knew he would be available. The London club are also keen on the Borussia Dortmund and Ukraine forward, Andriy Yarmolenko, with a fee of around £18m mooted.

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