Date: 10th July 2018 at 5:00pm
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Harry Redknapp praised West Ham for signing Jack Wilshere and stated that he was an outstanding player.

The former Hammers manager revealed that he thought Manuel Pellegrini’s side meant business this year based on the number of players they were signing.

Redknapp also addressed criticism of Wilshere that came courtesy of talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham, who had slammed the midfielder’s decision to sign for the Hammers, by insisting that his former side were a big club.

“Fantastic, it’s a great signing for West Ham,” stated the experienced football manager on talkSPORT, as quoted by their website.

“Jack Wilshere is an outstanding player – if he can just stay fit he’s going to be a big signing for West Ham.

“I like the look of them, West Ham are bringing in a few new players, they look like they mean business this year which is great for the fans.

“But I think Jack is definitely the icing on the cake, I think he’s a great signing.”

“I don’t know how many offers he had, but West Ham is a great move for him

“It’s a London club, a big club. They get 60,000-odd people every week, I hate it when people keep saying West Ham is not a big club – of course it’s a big club!

“When you get that type of support, they fill that stadium every week and I think it’s great move for Jack, I really do. It’s a good fit for him.”

OPINION

Durham, as quoted by talkSPORT’s website, boldly claimed that Wilshere going to the Hammers was him entering the early stages of retirement as he wouldn’t be challenged to excel by the London club, and he was completely out of order with his comments about the 26-year-old midfielder. The Hammers confirmed Wilshere’s signing, via their their official website, yesterday and the capture of his signature should be celebrated. Redknapp is right to point out that the former Arsenal player could be a big signing for the club if he stays fit. While several pundits, fans and everyone in between will worry about the midfielder’s uninspiring injury record he did manage to make 40 appearances for the Gunners in 2017/18 campaign. It’s logical to suggest that Wilshere could be over the crippling medical problems that have plagued his career and going to the Hammers could see him prove once and for all that he is a top quality talent. Manuel Pellegrini is a manager capable of getting the best out of the midfield maestro and it will be a very interesting season for both Wilshere and the Hammers.