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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed they are negotiating a deal that would see Theo Walcott move to Goodison Park for £20m.
The Arsenal striker has fallen out of favour with Arsene Wenger this season, and is well down the pecking order at the Emirates, behind Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck, with the timing appearing to be right for the 28-year-old to leave the club he's been at since 2006.
The striker has played just 49 minutes in the Premier League, with Wenger instead utilising him in the Europa League, which has unsettled the striker leading to both Everton and also Southampton opening talks over a possible transfer.
"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," said Allardyce.
"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.
"You don’t get optimistic because so many things can happen in such a short space of time. You never get excited until someone has signed on the dotted line.
"It’s essential we trim the squad if we’re to bring more players in to adjust the balance of the squad and adjust the numbers.
"We’d be open to offers for a number of our players. We’ve had a number of enquiries but none of those enquiries have hit where our valuation might be."
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