Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that the club are in talks to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, reports The Independent.
Walcott’s career at the Emirates has always stuttered, and some have questioned whether he ever reached his potential.
This season in particular, the England international has had to spend most of it watching from the sidelines.
In total, Walcott has started nine games in all competitions and has featured in a further five Premier League matches, but was not in the first XI for a single one.
With that in mind, it seems that Arsenal are prepared to let their long-time member leave.
During Friday morning’s press conference, Allardyce confirmed to reporters that talks have begun over a permanent switch to Everton.
The Independent quotes the Toffees boss as saying:
“I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo If that is possible to get over the line I’d be delighted. Obviously there are negotiations that are happening at the moment and if that can all be sorted out one of the most difficult things to do today – then that would be a great addition in my opinion to come and join us from an attacking point of view.
“Two or three reasons really – goalscoring threat, pace, experience and he’s good on assists from wide areas in terms of his crossing ability. If that is at all possible it would be very nice. It is not imminent at the moment but some negotiations are going on. I don’t think there’s any chance of a loan so I think it is a permanent deal we’re hoping to negotiate.”
The one thing that might have Everton fans nervous is the fact that the winger has suffered numerous injury problems throughout his career.
Walcott has been part of the Arsenal fold since 2006, but there have only been a few seasons since then when he has been a consistent standout player for the Gunners.
Given that the Englishman is edging closer to 30, he may become even more injury-prone, but that is a risk that Everton will have to take.
Many positives come with signing Walcott, particularly his ability to speed down the field.
The Toffees have been lacking pace in wide areas, which is something that the Arsenal man can certainly provide.
In addition, Walcott also enjoys playing up front, so he can give Allardyce various options in attack.
Having scored more than 100 goals in his 12-year career in North London, the former Southampton star could potentially be the answer to Everton’s attacking woes.
Keep in mind, though, that the club will have to spend big to match Walcott’s wages at Arsenal.
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