Southampton want to use the first chunk of their Virgil van Dijk cash on taking Theo Walcott back to St Mary’s. They have asked Arsenal whether he is available in January and want to do a deal either on loan or a permanent transfer and hope that Walcott wants to move. Southampton , flush with £75m after selling van Dijk to Liverpool, are ready to meet Walcott’s £140,000-a-week wages but face competition with Everton and West Ham also keen. Walcott had become Southampton’s youngest ever player when he left to join Arsenal for £12m in January 2006 and has gone on to enjoy a long career with club and country. But the 28-year-old now finds himself struggling for game time, he wants to play, although Arsenal may wait with a growing fixture list and also Olivier Giroud out injured for up to six weeks.