LONDON – Jack Wilshere was participating in his first day of training with West Ham on Tuesday, after signing with the East London side for three years on a free transfer.
Wilshere joins the Hammers after being released by Arsenal, where he spent 17 years.
“Delighted to have officially signed for West Ham United!” the 26 year-old wrote in his official Facebook page.
“It’s well known that I come from a family of Hammers and it’s a special moment to sign for the club I used to go and watch as a boy. I am looking forward to giving everything I have to helping the team to bring success to you all,” he added.
Wilshere was released by Arsenal after his contract expired.
He won the FA Cup twice with the North London club, and has earned 34 international caps.
Wilshere is the latest signing by new manager Manuel Pellegrini, after the Argentine coach brought in former Borussia Dortmund forward Andriy Yarmolenko, full back Ryan Fredericks from Fulham, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and center back Issa Diop, who joined from Toulouse in France.
West Ham begins its 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a daunting trip to last year’s third-place finisher and Champions League finalists, Liverpool, on Aug. 12.