Arsenal in advanced talks to tie down deal for Liverpool target

Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to tie down a deal for Theo Walcott, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, according to reports from the Telegraph.

The 26-year-old has about a year left on his current deal at the Emirates and has put talks on hold over the course of the campaign.

He was unsure over his future after a number of injuries kept him out of action for most of the season, with his return not guaranteeing him any sort of regular role.

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However, a strong finish to the term looks to have urged manager Arsene Wenger to ensure Walcott decides to extend his stay at the club.

The England international netted a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on the last day of the league and also scored a goal in the 4-0 FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.

He has been limited to only seven starts in all competitions this season, featuring a total of 21 times while managing to find the net on seven occasions.

The Reds were keen on arranging a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling, who has made it clear on numerous occasions that he wanted to leave Anfield, but the switch is now looking unlikely.