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Official: West ham sign Jack Wilshere on a three year contract

Official: West ham sign Jack Wilshere on a three year contract
West Ham have confirmed the signing of Jack Wilshere on a three-year contract.

Wilshere joins after leaving Arsenal on a free transfer following 17 years at all levels with the club, with West Ham beating off competition from Fenerbache for his signature.

Wilshere said there were various factors that influenced him to join the club.

"I think it was a number of things," he said. "The manager [Manuel Pellegrini] being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing.

"The fans, of course -- everyone knows how big West Ham's fanbase is -- and especially in this new stadium. Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do.

Wilshere opted to leave Arsenal when his contract expired this month despite having been offered a new deal by the club. He said in June that he had "no option but to pursue other opportunities" following a conversation with new head coach Unai Emery where it became clear that he may not be a regular starter next season.

The injury-plagued Wilshere proved his fitness for the Gunners last season, making 29 starts in all competitions. But he was still left out of Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad and will be hoping that more regular playing time in the Premier League will put him back in contention for the England team.

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