​Steve Bruce has made an ambitious enquiry about bringing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to Aston Villa, according to The Mirror.

Bruce has already signed former England captain John Terry, and is hopeful that a big money contract along with generous bonuses could tempt Wilshere to make the step down to the Championship.

Arsenal have told the midfielder he can leave if the right offer comes in, but are likely to demand a hefty fee for a permanent deal. In addition, Wilshere may prefer to stay at the Emirates and fight for his place, particularly with added Europa League fixtures on the agenda for the Gunners this season.


Bruce has a strong relationship with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, having made deals for the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba, and James Pennant in the past.

The 25 year-old Wilshere has just one year left on his current deal and is back to full fitness having started for Arsenal's U23s against Derby on Monday night.

There has also been interest in the Englishman from Swansea, West Ham, and Newcastle, as well as from Italy in the form of Sampdoria.

However, Arsenal have yet to receive a concrete offer that meets their valuation, despite lots of enquiries, especially for loan deals.

Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, but suffered an early end to his season due to familiar injury woes. Nevertheless, he has now completed his rehabilitation and is desperate to get back to his best.