Jack Wilshere says he is delighted to have completed a move to West Ham and revealed the key role new boss Manuel Pellegrini played in convincing him to switch allegiances.
Jack Wilshere poses after becoming Manuel Pellegrini's fourth summer signing.
Wilshere was born in Stevenage and was brought up in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, an hour's journey north of West Ham's old ground of Upton Park.
Arsenal's deal was thought to be heavily incentivised and contained plenty of add-on payments based on appearances and fitness of the player.
Wilshere made 197 appearances for the Gunners and helped them win back-to-back FA Cups in 2014 and 2015.
Wilshere had been hampered by injuries in recent years and spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Bournemouth. Yet Arsenal very much were concerned on that front and offered a deal which was not acceptable for the player.
It has been claimed that Anderson already has an agreement on personal terms with West Ham.
So a move to Wolves, an up and coming side with the ambition and the backing to make a real splash in the top flight, could have been exactly the move to revitalise Wilshere's career.
"After speaking with the manager and those at the club I knew my future was at the London Stadium and I can't wait to get going now".
"My family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone's buzzing".
The Ukraine worldwide is valued at €20m (£17m/$23m) by the Bundesliga side, per ClaretandHugh, but it is as yet unclear if the club will try to sign both players, or merely one.