Newcastle United 'step up Jack Wilshere pursuit'

Newcastle United 'step up Jack Wilshere pursuit'

Newcastle United 'step up Jack Wilshere pursuit'

As a result, the midfielder did not travel with the Arsenal squad on their pre-season tour of Australia and China as he stayed at the club's training ground to continue his rehabilitation.

Wilshere looks increasingly likely to leave Arsenal after being omitted from the squad that helped the Gunners beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday.

Wilshere, whose current Arsenal contract will expire next summer, spent last season on loan at Bournemouth after being deemed surplus to requirements by Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger.

Brighton fell 2-0 to Manchester City in Saturday's late kick off, while Newcastle return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon against Tottenham, where the need for another forward will or will not be established.

It is widely thought that Wilshere's Arsenal career is over, and according to The Sun, Newcastle lead a list of interested clubs which also includes West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.

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Brighton are now out of the running, but Newcastle are interested in a loan deal.

"Yes, because we have a congestion of strikers", Wenger said.

"I don't like to lose him because, for me, he's a top-quality striker but we have many strikers".

"At some stage, too much competition is not competition anymore".

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