Friday 14 December 2018

Theo Walcott closing in on Everton switch

The England international is set to become the the Toffees’ second signing of the January transfer window.

Theo Walcott is closing in on a move to Everton (Adam Davy/PA Wire)
Theo Walcott is closing in on a move to Everton (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

By Phil Medlicott

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has completed his medical with Everton and agreed personal terms, Press Association Sport understands.

The 28-year-old England international, who is understood to have been at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground on Tuesday, is set to become the club’s second signing of the January transfer window.

The Toffees have already added to their attack this month by bringing in Turkey striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for a reported fee of £27million.

Arsenal v FC BATE Borisov – UEFA Europa League – Group H – Emirates Stadium

Reports have put the fee being paid for Walcott at £20million.

Walcott is surplus to requirements at Arsenal having made just 16 appearances in all competitions this season, including the Community Shield.

Only six of those appearances have been in the Premier League, and he last started a game in the division in April.

Walcott has scored 108 goals in 397 matches for Arsenal in total since joining them from Southampton in 2006.

Tosun made his Everton debut at the weekend, playing an hour of the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.

Speaking last Friday, Everton boss Sam Allardyce said: “Theo’s not as risky (as Tosun) because he’s proven. He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions as well as many assists.

“His pace is one of his key strengths which we lack in this squad. His assists are pretty good as well as his goals.

“We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me.”

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Tosun said securing Walcott would be a “massive signing” for Everton and that he regards him as someone he would link up well with.

Cenk Tosun (right) made his Everton debut on Saturday against Tottenham (John Walton/PA)

“Theo is a great player, a proven player,” Tosun said.

“He has done really well for Arsenal for many years. He is very fast and a good crosser and I’d say that would be a massive signing for us, and I think I’d link up well with him.

“We already have very talented players in our team and I’m sure if we sign him he would have a great input.”

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