Everton Enter Critical Juncture In Theo Walcott Pursuit Despite Medical Ongoing

Alexis Sanchez Chelsea

I don't think it wwould be a good idea for Walcott to try again to be a centre-forward, as that experiment failed miserably at Arsenal, and of course England already have a nailed-on Number 9 in Harry Kane.

Everton will this week press ahead with their attempts to lure Theo Walcott from Arsenal - with Sam Allardyce tentatively drawing up a plan for his introduction.

Walcott's 12-year stay at the Gunners appears to be at an end, while Everton look to have beaten off competition from the 28-year-old's former club Southampton for his signature. Walcott, who has scored 108 goals in 397 matches for Arsenal, is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium having made just 16 appearances this season. "His pace is one of his key strengths which we lack in this squad".

Walcott has not made an English Premier League start since April.

Alvaro Morata Chelsea
GETTYAlvaro Morata has been in poor form in front of goal of late for Chelsea

Everton could complete the signing of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in the next 24 hours, for a fee that could rise above £20m.

And with the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation not far away, the 28-year old is keen on bolstering his slim chances of making it into Gareth Southgate's squad for the blockbuster event.

"We're trying in this transfer window to finish in the top half and fill areas, the goalscoring area has been lacking all season, before I came here and since I've been here".

Arsenal, meanwhile, are expected to use the funds from Walcott's sale to pursue Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux's Malcolm.

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