According to The Times’ northern football correspondent Paul Joyce on his official Twitter account, Everton are close to signing Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who is earning £140,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium according to the Daily Mail, in a £20m deal following successful talks on Monday.
Everton close to signing Theo Walcott. Talks yesterday and £20m fee
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 16, 2018
Well, the Toffees have been heavily linked with a move for the Gunners forward since the January transfer window opened, and they were understood to be in competition with the 28-year-old’s former club Southampton.
However, Paul Joyce claims that discussions were held on Monday over a £20m deal that will take the England international to Goodison Park, and a deal is now on the verge of being completed.
While he has been a regular in the domestic cups and the Europa League, the wide-man has played just 63 minutes of Premier League football across six substitute appearances.
The 28-year-old is still hopeful of reclaiming his place in the Three Lions squad before the World Cup this summer, and knows that he needs to be playing more regularly in the top flight if he is to achieve that dream.
He certainly could be, yes.
While Walcott has struggled for game time in the Premier League this season, he showed the quality that he has by scoring 19 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal last term, while he netted three times and provided a further five assists in five Europa League appearances during the current campaign.
The 28-year-old is able to play out wide or as a striker when required, and his English top flight experience and versatility mean that he could prove to be an exciting addition for the Toffees – especially as he should be approaching the prime years of his career.
The £20m fee isn’t too bad in the current volatile transfer market, and Everton manager Sam Allardyce will hope that Walcott can make a big impact on and off the pitch for the Merseyside outfit.