Allardyce confirms Walcott interest

12 January 2018 05:35:23 EST

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he is aiming to bring Arsenal's Theo Walcott to Everton before this month's transfer window closes.

The 28-year-old has spent more than 12 years with the Gunners but has slipped out of the first-team picture this season and failed to impress last weekend when making a rare appearance in the 4-2 FA Cup third-round loss at Nottingham Forest.

Allardyce has already signed striker Cenk Tosun from Besitkas for £27million this month but has sold Ross Barkley to Chelsea.

The Toffees boss said Walcott, who is also being linked with a return to Southampton, would be a "fantastic addition", who would offer a "goalscoring threat".

He added: "I don't think there's a chance of a loan. It's not imminent but negotiations are going on.

"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.

"He's scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions. His pace is a key strength which we lack. To add goals would be very important for me and he's only 28."

Walcott has scored 108 goals in 395 games for Arsene Wenger's side but has only made five brief substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.

Everton play Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening and can be backed at 12/1 to win the match while Tosun is 4/1 to score at any time.

Allardyce's side are 2/5 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season while Spurs are 5/4 to seal a top-four spot.

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