Everton Reportedly 'Confident' of Signing Arsenal's Theo Walcott for £20M

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Pic: Getty Images (Theo Walcott has only played 49 minutes in the Premier League all season, despite being fit) Everton and Southampton have held high-level talks with Arsenal about signing England forward Theo Walcott in a permanent transfer this month.

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

"I don't get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed".

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

When asked what Walcott, who has been capped 47 times for England, would bring to Everton, Allardyce said: "Goal-scoring threat, pace, experience and good on assists from wide areas". It is not imminent at the moment but some negotiations are going on. Allardyce also thinks he can give Walcott the chance to make a late run to try to force his way into England's World Cup squad, however unlikely that may now seem.

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His father, Thierry Hazard much recently revealed that his son had rejected a new contract offer at the blues. "Then I will sign". Chelsea goalkeeper and former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Courtois, 25, has also emerged as a target for Zinedine Zidane's men.

Walcott's wages of £110,000-a-week could prove to be a problem for the Saints while it is something that Sam Allardyce's club will be able to get close to.

"Because Theo went to the World Cup in Germany in 2006, and we are now in 2018, and since he has not been for different reasons". I will be very excited and enthused once someone - if it's not Theo -has actually signed on the dotted line in this window or any window.

"It is permanent we are hoping to negotiate".

Not only are Sam Allardyce's side said to be willing to stump up £20 million, but Cross also noted the Toffees are also looking to meet Walcott's Arsenal salary, reported as being as high as £140,000 per week including bonuses.

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