Sam Allardyce has urged Theo Walcott to join Everton as he gave a passionate appraisal of why a move north would reignite his career. Everton’s manager confirmed at his weekly press conference that his board are in advanced negotiations with Arsenal over a permanent transfer worth around £20million for Walcott, who is also wanted by Southampton – the club where he launched his career. Allardyce, who started the transfer window by signing the Turkey international Cenk Tosun, is desperate to bolster Everton’s forward line and he believes Walcott has the perfect profile to give his squad the goals they have lacked. Walcott has scored 108 times in 396 appearances for Arsenal and has 18 months remaining on his deal at the Emirates Stadium. He would cost more than £20m but Allardyce, whose side face Tottenham on Sunday, is adamant he is the exact profile of player Everton require. ‘I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo,’ said Allardyce. ‘If that is possible to get over the line, I'd be delighted. If that can all be sorted out – one of the most difficult things to do today – then that would be a great addition in my opinion to come and join us from an attacking point of view ‘There are two or three reasons, really: his goalscoring threat; pace, experience and he's good on assists from wide areas in terms of his crossing ability. If that is at all possible it would be very nice. It is not imminent at the moment but some negotiations are going on.
Everton in talks over £20m move for Theo Walcott, says Allardyce: 'There are negotiations going on at the moment'
Daily Mail | Jan 12