Jack Wilshere is considering a move to the MLS as he looks to rebuild his career after leaving West Ham.
A number of clubs at home and abroad have shown interest in the former Arsenal and England star, whose contract with West Ham was cancelled last month.
But the 28-year-old is understood to favour a move to the United States, where he hopes to remind fans of the talents that once made him one of the best young players in the English game.
Wilshere burst on to the scene with Arsenal, becoming their youngest league debutant at the age of 16 years, 256 days in September 2008.
Later that month, he became only the fifth 16-year-old to play in the Champions League when he appeared as a substitute against Dynamo Kiev.
Wilshere quickly established himself as one of the most promising players in the Premier League and, at the age of 18, he became the 10th youngest player to wear the England shirt when he won the first of his 34 caps.
A glittering career beckoned, but the very likeable Wilshere then suffered a stress fracture in an ankle, an injury that would ultimately be the first of many.
Surgery would rule him out for six months but further complications meant he missed the season, with surgery on a knee problem lengthening the lay-off.
Early in the 2013-14 campaign, Wilshere finished off a goal against Norwich that defined everything Arsenal were about, one that would be voted Goal of the Season on the BBC.
That award followed the FA Cup winners’ medal he’d picked up earlier that month, the season ending on a high despite the fact a hairline crack in a foot had ruled him out for two months between March and May.
Injuries were beginning to take their toll on his development and he returned after another 90-day lay-off in February.
A few days later, he was ruled out for another month, but was back in plenty of time to make another substitutes’ appearance in the 2015 FA Cup final, which Arsenal again won.
The same month, he scored against West Brom and would become the first player to win the Goal of the Season award in consecutive campaigns.
Sadly, for Wilshere, highs were usually followed by lows and he suffered a hairline crack in calf bone in August 2015 that would keep him out until the following April.
He joined Bournemouth on loan in a bid to get his career back on track and impressed there in his 29 appearances, but another injury suffered in the April would mean he was rehabbing throughout the summer.
He left Arsenal the following summer to join West Ham but his two years at the club were severely disrupted by injury lay-offs.
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He has been fit for nine months, however, and simply overlooked by David Moyes, which is why he is now looking for a new club.
Arsenal and West Ham fans, in particular, but football fans in general will wish him well.
A player whose career promised so much but has been ravaged by injury deserves much better fortune in the latter stages of his career than he has had in the first decade of it.
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