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Wolves could be alerted by the latest Jack Wilshere update

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 13/06/2018 12:11:43 Brian Dick

Jack Wilshere could still be an option for Wolves with reports claiming his Arsenal future remains uncertain.

Sky Sports News say talks between the midfielder and the Gunners are ongoing but they understand that 'a potential departure from the Emirates is complicated by a loyalty payment he is due'.

However, the 26-year-old is out of contract on July 1 and is free to go where he pleases.

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With odds of 4/6 SkyBet believe he is more likely to leave the Emirates than he is to stay and the England international will not be short of suitors.

Wolves have been linked with Wilshere for the last few months, with Nuno Espirito Santo thought to be intent on adding a midfielder.

Wolves remain in the betting market - but at 16/1 they are a long way behind favourites West Ham who are 6/4.

Crystal Palace, Everton and Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus are also mentioned.

After spending the 2016/2017 season on loan at Bournemouth Wilshere returned to play in 20 Premier League games for the Gunners last term but a management change has further clouded the situation.

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Benik Afobe pointed to Gary Rowett as the main factor as to why he decided to leave the prospect of Premier League football with Wolverhampton Wanderers for another crack at the Championship with Stoke City.

Afobe arrived in the Potteries on Tuesday on an initial six-month loan deal. In January Stoke will then be obliged to complete his signing on a permanent basis.

The striker scored 28 of his 32 Championship goals in old, across two spells either side of a spell with Bournemouth, and he's proven to be a potent attacker at that particular level.

Now he's planning on firing Wolves' Staffordshire rivals to similar fortunes that the Molineux men enjoyed last season.

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"The manager is probably the main reason why I'm signing, to be honest. He's very ambitious; he's got a project going on here and I want to be a big part of it," he told Stoke-on-TrentLive.

"What he told me made me feel very comfortable - I believe in what he is trying to achieve and I want to help us get back where we belong.

"The manager clearly believes in me and that's something that every player wants. I'm hoping I can repay him by scoring some goals and helping the team win games.

"I want to score goals. I work hard and like to run in behind and link up with my teammates and bring other players into the game. I don't want to big myself up too much - I just want to meet my teammates, get pre-season done and get started next season.

"I've played a few years in the Championship, even though I'm only 25, but I still feel as though I've got much more to offer.

"What Stoke are offering me and what I can hopefully offer the club is a great balance and I think we can do something great."

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A pretty penny for Raul

Should Raul Jimenez hit the ground running at Wolverhampton Wanderers next season, tear up the Premier League and score a bucket load of goals, the club can snap him up on a permanent basis should they wish to.

It's believed that Wanderers have paid a loan fee of ?3m to Benfica for the season-long loan services of striker Jimenez, who is representing his native Mexico at the World Cup in Russia in the coming weeks.

The 27-year-old can then be purchased on a long-term deal for a whopping ?38m - a fee that would blow away any money that Wolves as a club have spent previously on a player in their history.

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Benfica outlined as much via an official statement, as highlighted by Sport Witness.

Jimenez, who scored six times for Benfica last season, has played for both Atletico Madrid and the Eagles since the summer of 2014.

In that time, he's started just 24 of his 101 league matches for either side. He's scored 19 goals.

On the day that Wolves announced the capture of Jimenez, they also confirmed the exit of Benik Afobe.

Afobe has signed for Championship side Stoke, on an initial six-month loan deal before the Potters are obliged to make the loan permanent in January for a fee higher than that which Wolves paid Bournemouth for his signature only a fortnight ago.

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