Fenerbahce sporting director Damien Comolli has admitted defeat in signing Jack Wilshere, with West Ham United looking certain to the win the race for the 26 year old.

The Turkish club came very close to signing Wilshere after the player travelled to Istanbul to look at their training facilities, but he’s set to become a West ham player, just pending the announcement.

Hurriyet say Comolli has spoken to close friends and explained why Wilshere snubbed Fenerbahce. He’s paraphrased as saying: “Wilshere wanted to play for us. He would love to play for this club and work with us. But for family issues this stopped him from joining Fenerbahce.

“He can’t convince his family over a move to Turkey. They wanted to stay in England, so he rejected us. But it’s not a worry for us. We are looking to bring quality players for that position, our fans can be sure of that.”

Wilshere’s move to West Ham should be confirmed today or tomorrow, with the former Arsenal player looking set to join the Hammers on a free transfer.

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The England international left Arsenal at the end of last month when his contract expired with the Gunners.

After missing out on Wilshere, the Turkish club are reportedly interested in signing Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool.