Andy Hunter on 15 January 2018
Everton have made progress in their attempt to sign Theo Walcott and are hopeful of completing a £20m deal for the Arsenal winger this week.
Sam Allardyce confirmed his interest in the 28-year-old on Friday and Everton are in competition with Southampton, Walcott’s former club, for the former England international’s signature.
Negotiations between Everton and Walcott’s representatives have since advanced and Goodison Park now appears the likely destination for the player after 12 years at Arsenal. The winger has 18 months remaining on a contract worth £110,000 a week at the Emirates Stadium but personal terms and the £20m fee have not deterred the Merseyside club.
Allardyce is anxious to improve his attacking options this month and Everton, who have lost their past four matches after an encouraging start under their new manager, have already signed the striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for an initial £21m.