It is no secret that Crystal Palace’s manager likes Jack Wilshere, he has said so in the past, he has showed it with actions, but from that, to go all the way to making a move for his signing during the winter transfer window, the distance is… huge, as Roy Hodgson himself pointed out, accusing the player’s agent of passing around false news.
Who has linked him with us? That’s what you need to find out, because it didn’t come from us. I will tell you who, his agent – because that’s where newspapers get their stories from
the Palace manager told reporters, talking about exactly where things stand regarding the Arsenal midfielder.
We have never mentioned his name. I work with [Palace sporting director] Dougie Freedman and we talk about potential players, and Jack Wilshere’s name has never been mentioned in this room
Hodgson assured everyone, before adding one last sentence, so as to avoid leaving anyone with the impression that he doesn’t appreciate Wilshere as a player.
I like him and I think he is a very good player. There may come a time at Crystal Palace where Jack Wilshere would be just the player we are looking for, but I can’t tell you that is the case at the moment
the Palace manager added. Be reminded, the contract of the English midfielder at Arsenal expires next summer, and he is yet to sign a new one with the Gunners.