West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has called on-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere a 'great player' as rumours swirl that the East London club will make a move for the 25-year-old in the summer.
Wilshere joined Bournemouth on a season-long-loan last August in search of first team football after falling out of favour at parent club Arsenal after an injury-ravaged few years.
Wilshere has enjoyed playing week in week out for the Cherries, making 24 Premier League appearances and avoiding injury.
However, his future beyond this season remains unclear, with neither Wilshere nor Arsenal confirming that he will return to the Emirates.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is said to be keen to make Wilshere's move permanent, yet the England midfielder's wages could be a stumbling block, along with his willingness to sign with the South-coast club on a permanent basis.
Another club who have been linked with Wilshere are West Ham, with The Sun (via HITC) reporting that they have prepared a £30m bid for him in the summer.
When asked about the rumours in his press conference, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic responded by praising Wilshere's attributes. He told Football London (via HITC):
"He is a great player with great ability but because of injuries had to go on loan to Bournemouth but he is a great player at a good age also - a great age."
Although his future remains unsolved, Wilshere's immediate focus will be on helping Bournemouth finish the season well, starting with tonight's visit to Liverpool.