Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Everton signing says he has the strength needed to play in England

Everton signing says he has the strength needed to play in England

Walcott has not started a Premier League game since April 26 and has been limited to just five substitute appearances this season.

That has increased the chances of Walcott ending his 12-year stay at Arsenal this month and Everton are now in pole position, ahead of Southampton, to land the England global.

EVERTON boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed he wants to sign Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.

Allardyce said: "You are all aware of our interest in Theo". (The deal) is permanent, I don't think there's any chance of a loan.

If Giroud and Welbeck prove their fitness and Arsenal suffer no other major setbacks, it is likely Walcott will leave 12 years after joining from Southampton.

'I wouldn't have thought a player today would have any qualms about where he moves now if he is moving his career, ' said Allardyce. But I don't want to give news that I can not confirm.

Not only are Sam Allardyce's side said to be willing to stump up £20 million, but Cross also noted the Toffees are also looking to meet Walcott's Arsenal salary, reported as being as high as £140,000 per week including bonuses.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce wants to sign Theo Walcott
GETTY Everton boss Sam Allardyce wants to sign Theo Walcott

"Because Arsenal have got to find what we are losing at the moment".

"It is permanent we are hoping to negotiate".

Everton hope that an offer in the region of £20m will be enough to tempt Wenger into selling, while they are also ready to match Walcott's £110,000-a-week Arsenal wages.

He's proven. He's scored 100 goals from Arsenal from wide positions as well as assists.

"If we're able to get that over the line, I'll be delighted", he told reporters.

"I will be very excited and enthused once somebody, if it is not Theo then somebody else, has signed on the dotted line".

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