Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the club has initiated talks with Arsenal forward Theo Walcott over a potential move to the Goodison Park.
Speaking at a news conference, Allardyce said, “You’re all aware in our interest in Theo….If we’re able to get that over the line, I’ll be delighted.’’
“If we can get that all sorted out then that would be a great addition to join us in an attacking point of view.
“Two to three reasons [for interest]: goalscoring threat, pace, experience and he’s good on assists from wide in terms of his crossing.
“So if that’s at all possible, that would be very nice. It’s not imminent, but negotiations are going on,” he added.
Slim chance at Arsenal
Walcott, who was once a regular with Arsenal, has this season seen playing time hard to come by, failing to make a single Premier League start so far and has only been involved in the Carabao Cup. The 28 year-old has scored 108 goals in 396 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since his arrival from the Southampton in 2006.
In their race to sign the England international, Everton face stiff competition from Southampton who sold the forward to Arsenal.
The Merseysiders are however willing to match Walcott’s £110,000-a-week Arsenal wages in a bid to lure him away from the Emirates.