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"I've got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park", Wilshere told the club's official website.

"After speaking with the manager and those at the club I knew my future was at the London Stadium and I can't wait to get going now. It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone's buzzing".

He impressed on his return to Arsenal last season but the 34-cap England worldwide was unable to force his way into the squad for the World Cup.

The England global put pen-to-paper with the Hammers and will fly out to Switzerland to link up with Manuel Pellegrini's squad at their pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz.

In a conversation with the West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini the midfielder now looks set to stay in England by signing a three-year contract worth £100,000 per week.

Gazza's message for Southgate and his England squad
How they're still held and revered", he said, adding: "I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held. After losing 1-0 to Belgium , England really have been in the easier side of the draw and they duly used that to their strengths.

Wolverhampton Wanderers reportedly made an offer for Jack Wilshere but he has swapped Arsenal for Premier League neighbours West Ham United instead.

A source close to the deal said it was now "70 per cent" complete and although negotiations with the 25-year-old's club, Lazio, were dragging the move is understood to be likely to go through now.

West Ham's current transfer record is the £22m they paid Toulouse for Diop last month, although the £20m they paid Stoke for striker Marko Arnautovic last summer could rise to £25m with add-ons.

Wilshere, 26, has struggled with injuries in recent years but enjoyed one of his most consistent seasons for some time during the last campaign and Pellegrini feels he will prove to be an astute signing for West Ham.

The Ukraine global is valued at €20m (£17m/$23m) by the Bundesliga side, per ClaretandHugh, but it is as yet unclear if the club will try to sign both players, or merely one.

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