Roy Hodgson is plotting a January move for Arsenal star Jack Wilshere.
Newly-appointed Crystal Palace boss Hodgson is a huge fan of Wilshere and would jump at the chance of signing the 25-year-old when the transfer window reopens on either a loan or permanent deal.
The new Eagles chief will monitor how Wilshere’s season develops ahead of the January window.
Jack Wilshere in line for a start when Arsenal open their Europa League campaign on Thursday
If the Arsenal star continues to play a peripheral role then Hodgson is likely to make a beeline for the talented midfielder.
Wilshere’s existing deal expires at the end of the season meaning Arsenal may look to cash in on their academy graduate to prevent him leaving for nothing next summer.
Wilshere was a key man for Hodgson during the 70-year-old’s reign as England manager, selecting the midfielder 29 times.
Wilshere hasn't played for Arsenal in 13 months, spending last season on loan at Bournemouth
Meanwhile, Hodgson’s reign as Palace boss got under way yesterday morning as he took his first training session after being formally appointed on Tuesday night.
Palace have lost their opening four Premier League games without scoring a goal - a sequence that led to Frank de