Mike McGrath's transfer notebook: Jack Wilshere in training with Bournemouth

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Jack Wilshere - Mike McGrath's transfer notebook: Jack Wilshere in training with Bournemouth - AFC Bournemouth
Jack Wilshere - Mike McGrath's transfer notebook: Jack Wilshere in training with Bournemouth - AFC Bournemouth

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is training with Bournemouth as he looks to join a new club on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has been without a club since October when he was released by West Ham United with a year left on his contract. He is keeping fit at the club where he spent a year on loan in the 2016/17 season after being allowed to leave to gain regular first-team football.

It is thought that rejoining the Championship club is unlikely at this stage but he is part of the training sessions for Jason Tindall’s squad, who are chasing promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt. Wilshere can join his next club when a deal is agreed, rather than wait until the January transfer window to open. He had interest from Russian clubs earlier this year but a move never materialised.

Wilshere earned the last of his 34 caps for England in the Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland and has not featured under Gareth Southgate after a series of injury problems in the last four years.

Whiteman the man

Doncaster midfielder Ben Whiteman has Queens Park Rangers and Preston North End among the clubs looking to sign him in January. Blackburn Rovers held a long-term interest in the 24-year-old but could not strike a deal in the summer, giving clubs the chance to join the race for his signature.

Adams move back north

Northampton winger Nicky Adams could be allowed to return to nearer his north-west family base as a thank you for his two spells at Sixfields. The 34-year-old has been commuting to training since returning to the club at the start of last season and he has just six months on his current contract. Clubs in League One and League Two are interested in offering him football closer to his home.

Pollock scounted by Premier League

Grimsby centre-back Matty Pollock has been watched by clubs in the Premier League and Championship after his displays in League Two this season. West Bromwich Albion and Fulham have sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old, who scored in consecutive matches over the Christmas fixtures. Grimsby have a one-year option to extend Pollock’s deal until 2022 which they are likely to trigger following his recent breakthrough.