Allardyce confirms interest in Arsenal forward Walcott


Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.

The manager is plotting to increase Everton’s attacking threat with the arrival of the star.

Walcott has slipped down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger’s plans and has yet to start a Premier League game this season, appearing just five times.

“You’re all aware of our interest in Theo,” Allardyce told a news conference. “If we’re able to get that over the line, I’ll be delighted.

“If we can get that all sorted out then that would be a great addition to join us from an attacking point of view.

“Two to three reasons [for interest]: goalscoring threat, pace, experience and he’s good on assists from wide in terms of his crossing.

“So, if that’s at all possible, that would be very nice. It’s not imminent, but negotiations are going on.”

Walcott has 65 Premier League goals and 43 assists to his name in 269 appearances for the Gunners and Allardyce believes he could be the perfect tonic to his ailing front line.