Everton are currently negotiating with Arsenal over the sale of England international striker Theo Walcott, claims report.
According to Everton manager Sam Allardyce, the Merseyside club are negotiating with the Gunners in an attempt to sign the 28-year-old player before the end of the January transfer market.
Everton could be rivaled by Southampton who are also monitoring the player’s situation at the Emirates stadium.
The Tofees have enjoyed a massive turn-around in fortune since the arrival of Sam Allardyce as the Tofees manager last November, but the manager wants a player who will naturally bring pace to the team’s attack.
Southampton who haven’t been performing brilliantly are aiming to bring their former youth player back to the St Mary’s stadium as they hope to finish the League in a more appreciable position.
Sam Allardyce believes he can get the player before the end of the month but admits it will be a very difficult task as Arsenal do not look ready to sell Walcott for any fee lesser than £20m.
Allardyce believes he will be happy should the player decide to join him at the Goodison Park in January.
“You’re all aware of our interest in Theo Walcott. If that can all be sorted out, which is difficult, then he’d be a great addition.
“Some negotiations are going on. [The deal] is permanent, I don’t think there’s any chance of a loan.
“We’ll wait and see. I’ll be very excited and enthused – if it’s not Theo – if somebody has signed on the dotted line. He said.
Walcott is constantly being left out of Wenger’s starting lineup this season. He has only enjoyed 45 minutes of Premier League action while he has made just nine starts in all competitions so far this season.
Wenger told reporters last month that he would love to keep the player for some seasons, but that seems almost impossible as there are numerous offers from interested clubs including AC Milan.