West Ham announce signing of former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

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Wilshere has spoken to The Sportsman before of his childhood love for West Ham and his retaining a soft spot for the East London club despite his extensive tenure of nearly 20 years at Arsenal, having joined their academy in 2001.

'It feels good, it feels special, ' Wilshere told the club's website.

Wilshere will arrive on a three-year deal and has picked West Ham over Fenerbahce. However, the club suits him down to the ground and he should settle in quickly, assuming he avoids injury.

'Many people know that I've had a special bond with this club growing up.

Wilshere stays in the London area, and will fly out to Switzerland to link up with Manuel Pellegrini's squad at their pre-season training camp.

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'People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt and I've got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park.

West Ham have been very active in the summer transfer window and have already made a number of signings.

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"Jack will be a great addition and we look forward to seeing his undoubted quality in a West Ham United shirt over the coming years as we fight for important goals at the club".

"I think I must have been about six or seven, my whole family were West Ham fans, I was a West Ham fan, still have a soft spot for them of course".

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