Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is determined to sign Jack Wilshere on a permanent basis.
Wilshere has started the past four games on the bench for the Cherries and was left out of the most recent England squad.
However, Howe, tipped in some quarters as a potential future manager of the national team, still hopes to sign Wilshere at the end of the season and could recall him at Liverpool on Wednesday after Andrew Surman suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Southampton.
“I’ve always said, ‘We love Jack, we would love to sign him’,” said Howe. “But that decision will rest with Arsenal, with Jack, with other people: it’s out of our hands. And Jack may well see his future elsewhere.
“He did say as soon as he came to us that he’d totally commit to us for the season, and then in the summer sort out of his future.
“There’s so many variables, there’s so many things that can change, it’s not the right time. We’ve got to concentrate on results and the games we’ve got coming up.
“Jack obviously wouldn’t want to start from the bench, he’d want to be playing, but since the Manchester United game – he felt his ankle against Manchester City – the team’s done very well, and it’s very difficult to take either centre-forward out.
“What he has done when he’s come on is showed he’s got a great attitude; he’s trained so well, and that’s reflected when he’s come on the pitch, he’s been outstanding. He really was the defining factor in us gaining total control (against Southampton).”