Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Everton are negotiating a move for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.
The winger has made just five appearances in the Premier League this season, all of which have come from the bench.
Speaking in his pre match press conference, Allardyce confirmed that Everton were in negotiations to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal, with a £20m fee thought to be on the table:
“It’s not imminent but negotiations are going on and we’re hoping to negotiate a permanent deal.
“I don’t get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed. I’ll be very excited and enthused when someone, even if it’s not Theo, has signed on the dotted line.”
Everton are believed to be willing to match the wingers wage demands, with Walcott earning around £110,000-a-week at the Emirates. If they can get the deal done, he would become the clubs second signing of the transfer window after the £27m arrival of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
Southampton and West Ham have also been linked with having an interest in the England international, with Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrini recently confirming their interest in signing the winger:
“I have been talking about [Walcott]. He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market. I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us it’s not easy.
“Hopefully we can bring somebody that can help us be stronger. This is our target now. We know the market is difficult, but we are working on that.”
Walcott hopes that a transfer and increased game time will bolster his desire of being selected in the England squad for next summers World Cup in Russia.
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