Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that the club wants to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal.
The Saints have found themselves caught up in a relegation battle as of late, languishing in 17th place in the Premier League table – above the relegation zone on goal difference following a poor run of recent results.
However, thanks to the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million Pellegrino has been given some much needed funds to strengthen his side in January, and he has now confirmed that Walcott is one of a number of transfer targets for the club in the coming weeks.
Speaking to the press following Southampton’s 1-0 win over Fulham in the FA Cup, he had this to say on the England international:
He said, via ESPN
“I have been talking about him.”
“He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us it’s not easy.”
“Hopefully we can bring somebody that can help us be stronger. This is our target now. We know the market is difficult, but we are working on that.”
Walcott has been starved of Premier League football at Arsenal this campaign – and will be looking to secure a move away from the Emirates in the hope of making England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer.
Everton are also reportedly interested in the 28-year-old’s services, but Southampton remain the most likely destination should Walcott be on the move.
Walcott left St Mary’s at the age of 16 to join Arsenal in 2006 – but has never quite fulfilled his potential since, and now it appears that a second spell at the club is a real possibility.
One thing is for certain, wherever Walcott goes, he will have to make serious impressions to make the plane to Russia.
Could he be the man to spearhead Southampton’s push for survival? Only time will tell.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena