Everton plot stunning swoop for Arsenal forward
Everton are planning a £30m bid for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott during this summer’s transfer window.
The England international bagged an impressive tally of 19 goals for the Gunners last season, but his future is still uncertain amid the club’s desire to sign a new attacker.
Walcott, 28, has been a brilliant servant for the north London giants over the past decade, racking 104 goals across all competitions, but his inconsistency in front of goal has brought frustration among the club’s faithful, who expect more from a player of his calibre.
According to The Mirror, the Toffees are lining up a potential attempt to sign Walcott, who is desperate to prove himself ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Walcott could not quite make the Three Lions squad despite his performances last season, and he will be concerned by the reduced playing time received during the backend of the Premier League campaign.
Walcott managed 23 starts in the Premier League last term, but he became a regular on the substitutes’ bench in the final weeks with Arsene Wenger opting for a shift to the 3-4-2-1 formation. Everton have been busy recruiting no more than six players in the current transfer window, and they could extend their spending spree beyond £100m with the signing of the former Southampton graduate.
The winger currently has two years remaining on his existing deal, and a move to Goodison Park could enhance his chances of making his first World Cup since 2006 – at a time when he was deemed as the next big thing in English football. Walcott has not progressed as he would have liked over the years, but he still remains a top player, who can do a job in the Premier League. Should Walcott stay at Arsenal, he would potentially start from the bench for the upcoming campaign.