In Focus: Southampton return for Theo Walcott looking more and more likely

According to Football Whispers, Southampton are likely to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott with the potential move currently sitting second in their Top 10 most likely transfers to happen list.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Express reported last month that Saints were lining up a deal to bring the out of favour Gunners man back to St Mary’s in the January transfer window and 12 years after he left, and now Football Whispers look to be backing the move.

The 28-year-old has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season, while Mauricio Pellegrino will surely be looking to strengthen his side’s attacking options in the New Year after they scored just 10 goals in their opening 10 Premier League matches of the season.

How has Walcott done this term?

Despite scoring 19 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions last season, the winger has been pushed further down the pecking order following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, and with his contract due to expire in 2019 an exit is looking more and more likely either in January or next summer.

The 28-year-old has netted three goals in nine outings in total during the current campaign, while he has played 46 minutes of Premier League football despite being a regular in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup.

Would he be a good signing for Southampton?

He certainly would be.

Saints are desperately lacking that spark and goals in general in the final third right now, and Walcott has proven during his time with Arsenal that he can find the net on a consistent basis at this level.

Pellegrino has had to play the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long out wide at points this season because of a lack of a right winger and with Nathan Redmond and Dusan Tadic being out of form, with the team’s problems in front of goal persisting.

The deal would also be welcomed by the St Mary’s faithful, who only got to see Walcott in action for a few months before he joined Arsenal in 2006.

Additionally, he would have a point to prove and if he did join in January, he would be doing everything he could to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer – something that would only benefit Southampton.