Sam Allardyce confirms Everton are in talks with Arsenal's Theo Walcott

By Mutala Yakubu
Theo Walcott
Everton boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed talks are underway with Arsenal over the signing of Theo Walcott and says it would be a great addition to the squad

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Everton are in talks with Arsenal's Theo Walcott over a possible move.

Everton are reportedly battling with Southampton for Walcott's signature and it is understood the Gunners may consider letting the England international leave during the January transfer window.

Allardyce has openly declared his desire to bring in more attacking players at Goodison Park, having already signed Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m, and the Everton boss says Walcott would be "a great addition" to the team.

"I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo," Allardyce said.

"If that is possible to get over the line, I would be delighted but obviously there is negotiations that are happening at the moment.

"If that can all be sorted out, which is one of the most difficult things to do then that would be a great addition in my opinion to come and join us from an attacking point of view.

"If that is at all possible it would be very nice, but it is not imminent at the moment but some negotiations are going on.

"It is permanent we are hoping to negotiate. I don't think there is any chance of a loan."