With a shiny TV deal on the way and a nice big stadium to occupy almost rent free, West Ham United are looking to head into Europe next season with a team capable of competing.
Dimitri Payet is the current star at Upton Park but, with big ambition and a bulging budget, Slaven Bilic is eager to have more big name players alongside the Frenchman at the Olympic Stadium next season.
Is Theo Walcott one of the big names being considered? According to Bleacher Report, yes.
The Arsenal forward has struggled for goals this season despite being given opportunities to play up front. Having signed a contract just last summer it would be a surprise to see him leave but his poor season could see Arsène Wenger tempted to cut his losses. Walcott has been at Arsenal for a decade now and the Frenchman has backed his player to get better but, with the emergence of Alex Iwobi and form of Danny Welbeck, how much patience does he have?
If Arsenal receive a good offer which could be reinvested would they really say no?
As for Walcott, he’s now 27 and is still not guaranteed to start many games – Bleacher Report have said that the final straw for him would be failure to make Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad, which he isn’t likely to be a part of, could see him call an end to his time at Arsenal.
The squad turnover could be pretty high this summer and, right now, there isn’t much going in Walcott’s favour.