Jack Wilshere is claimed to have agreed to join Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season, but the fact all betting markets remain open on the Arsenal man’s supposed move casts doubt on that.
It emerged over the past two days that Arsene Wenger was willing to allow the England international to leave on loan this season, which followed by reports that Wilshere was happy to leave the club in search of regular first-team action.
A flood of offers are now believed to be on the table, with the likes of Roma, Valencia, as well as a huge number of English sides claimed to have offers lodged.
The latest overnight was that Jack had agreed to join Crystal Palace for the season, with terms between the clubs all that remained to be finalised.
Palace have already moved to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool, Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea, as well as former Tottenham star Andros Townsend, and this would be another huge arrival should they manage to complete it.
When a move is this close, betting markets are generally suspended, but Wilshere’s club after the summer transfer window remains open, which tells me the deal is not as close as reports.
Wilshere remains as big as 1/2 (1.5) to join the Eagles this summer, rather big a price following an agreed deal in my opinion, with him to stay put the next shortest price at 9/2 (5.5) in the market.
AC Milan, Bournemouth and Watford are the next most likely according to the betting, but only Jack and Arsenal will really know how likely any of those options are.