Jack Wilshere joins West Ham on three-year deal after Arsenal exit

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"It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone's buzzing".

The 26-year-old England midfielder signed a three-year contract with West Ham, the club said.

Wilshere's career has been hobbled by injuries and he was willing to take a pay cut to stay at a club he had been with for 17 years but Wenger's departure left his fate in Emery's hands.

Wilshere will fly to Switzerland to join new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini's squad at their pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz.

"He makes me think of Mbappe because I played him at 17 years of age as he was an exceptional talent.

It's well known that I come from a family of Hammers and it's a special moment to sign", he said.

The club captain will likely cost the West Ham hierarchy a chunk more than their initial offer given his lengthy contract and central role at the club under manager Rafa Benitez.

Lazio are in talks to bring in a replacement for West Ham bound Felipe Anderson, who is expected to leave the club in the coming days. The England worldwide signs for The Hammers on a free transfer after his Arsenal contract expired earlier this month, and leaves the North Londoners after 10 years playing for the senior side.

Wilshere made 197 first-team appearances for Arsenal and was part of the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup-winning sides.

Wenger, who is working as a pundit for beIN Sports during the World Cup, still hailed the midfielder as an "exceptional talent" and compared him to two of the biggest names in the game.

Borussia Dortmund's Ukraine global Andriy Yarmolenko is another reported target, with a deal in the region of £17.5million said to be in the pipeline.

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