West Ham and Southampton are reportedly ready to swoop in for Theo Walcott in January.

Theo is once again being linked with a move away from north London but this time it’s looking as if he genuinely could be leaving in January.

According to the Sun, West Ham and Southampton want to bring the forward on board and Transfermarkt claim his transfer fee would be around £18m – not a bad price for an England international with 11 years experience at Arsenal.

The 28-year-old left the Saints in 2006 and was tipped to become the next Michael Owen. However, just like the former Liverpool and Manchester United ace, Theo soon fell victim to injuries. Despite enjoying the odd good season in north London, often before he was due to sign a new deal, he’s struggled for game time and never quite reached his potential.

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Arsenal’s forward from England Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between FC BATE Borisov and Arsenal FC in Borisov, outside Minsk, on September 28, 2017. (MAXIM MALINOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

In July 2015, Theo signed a new deal with Arsenal, which allegedly allowed him to become one of the highest paid players at the club. During the 2014/15 season, the forward had netted five goals and provided one assist in 14 Premier League appearances. The next season he netted another five and last term he scored 10.

That’s 20 goals over two seasons and 59 appearances since he become Arsenal’s top-paid player.

Theo’s yet to make a Premier League start this term and with a-year-and-a-half left on his current deal, Arsenal should be looking to cash in soon.