In Focus: Southampton, Everton or West Ham could rescue out-of-favour Walcott

According to Gambling Times Football Insider Graeme Bailey, Southampton, Everton and West Ham United are all interested in a January move for out-of-favour Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who has scored 65 Premier League goals during his career.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Gambling Times writer Bailey says that the Gunners have told the 28-year-old that they will sell him during the January transfer window unless he can prove that he is first team material over the course of the next three months.

Walcott’s current contract – which the Gambling Times claim means he is one of the highest-paid players at the club – is due to run out at the end of the 2018/19 season, but it seems unlikely that he will be handed a new contract unless he shows some significant improvements in the coming weeks.

The report adds that the forward believes he can become a regular under Arsene Wenger again, but he faces a race against time to reclaim his spot in the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup and while Southampton are willing to offer him a return to the environment where he started his career, West Ham and Everton are also said to be keen.

How has Walcott done this season?

Despite scoring 19 goals in 37 matches in all competitions last season, the 28-year-old has found first team football hard to come by with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck often preferred this term.

While he has picked up one assist and scored two goals – both against BATE Borisov on Thursday – in two appearances in the Europa League, Walcott has featured for just 46 minutes in the Premier League, and he was an unused substitute for four successive top flight games before being introduced late on against Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday.

Would he be a good signing for the Premier League trio?

Well, Saints certainly need some fresh, attacking impetus having failed to score in 10 of their last 15 Premier League matches, while the Toffees are in a similar situation following their disappointing start to the campaign.

However, they look as though they need a direct replacement for Lukaku as a priority, and in that respect Walcott probably wouldn’t be the right buy for them.

Meanwhile, the Irons already have Michail Antonio on the right but if Slaven Bilic wants to add more quality and competition to his team, then the winger could prove to be an inspired addition.