Arsenal star Jack Wilshere to replace Gerrard at Liverpool?

Liverpool line up £35m bid for the Gunners midfielder, as Wenger eyes more defenders

Jack Wilshere in action in the Emirates Cup
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Liverpool's quest to find a player to fill Steven Gerrard's boots continues as Arsenal scout around for defensive reinforcements and Chelsea try to tie down one of their biggest stars.

• Liverpool are lining up a "sensational move" for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. Metro says that the 23-year-old injury-prone Gunner has been identified by Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers as the "perfect replacement" for Steven Gerrard, who will join LA Galaxy at the end of the season. To validate its claim, Metro points out that the Liverpool Echo is also carrying the story with the Merseyside paper claiming that Liverpool will table a £25m bid for Wilshere. Sidelined since November with injury, the England playmaker has been in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, caught smoking for the third time in little over a year. Despite that Metro says Rodgers is "ready to take a punt" on Wilshere. Only trouble, claims the Echo, is whether the Reds would be willing to meet the Londoner's demands, namely "a pay rise on his £80,000-a-week wages".

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