Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed their interest in signing Theo Walcott on a permanent deal while Arsene Wenger said he cannot give Walcott playing time assurances.
Walcott has been linked with a move away from the club this month.
Everton and Southampton are both interested, with the former reportedly being keen to complete a permanent transfer.
According to Football London, Everton are willing to cover Walcott’s wages and are currently discussing a transfer fee with Arsenal.
Sam Allardyce has also gone public with their interest, saying that Walcott would be a great addition.
“You’re all aware of our interest in Theo Walcott. If that can all be sorted out, which is difficult, then he’d be a great addition,” Allardyce said at his press conference on Friday.
“Some negotiations are going on. [The deal] is permanent, I don’t think there’s any chance of a loan. We’ll wait and see.”
Walcott has struggled for regular game time in the Premier League this season after being ditched by Wenger following comments that criticised Arsenal’s attitude after their defeat by Palace last season.
He’s made just five league appearances, and hasn’t been performing too well in the cup matches, either since those comments.
There have been times when a fully fit Walcott wasn’t even included in the matchday squad.
Arsene Wenger has said that he cannot give assurances to Walcott about playing time, but stressed that he is still an Arsenal player.
“I cannot give him assurances as it is not honest.
“We will see. We have a good relationship.
“I don’t want him to lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup.
“He went in 2006 and we are now in 2018 and he hasn’t been since for different reasons.”
Pressed on Allardyce’s comments, Wenger replied, “Sam Allardyce has made that statement but Theo Walcott is here.”
Everton spent plenty of money in the summer and if they have enough left over for Walcott, a deal could be done this month.
Walcott has made 15 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring four goals.
You would be hard pressed to find an Arsenal fan who cares if he leaves, our own Helen Trantum aside.