Everton could complete the signing of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in the next 24 hours, for a fee that could rise above £20m.
With Alexis Sanchez seemingly on the verge of leaving Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is now set to lose another attacking player as Walcott travels to Merseyside on Tuesday for a medical ahead of the transfer, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Sam Allardyce confirmed last week that the two clubs were in talks to bring the England international to Goodison Park, and those talks have now progressed to the point where a move is near completion. The Toffees boss has been desperate to add a greater attacking threat to the side in this transfer window, and the purchase of Walcott, along with the £25m signing of Turkish striker Cenk Tosun earlier this month, will do just that.
The transfer will bring an end to Walcott’s 12-year association with the Gunners. The 28-year-old joined the club in a £9m deal from Southampton in 2006, where hopes were high that he could become a superstar both in the Premier League and the England national side.
Despite a record of 108 goals in almost 400 appearances, however, Walcott never truly lived up to his potential at the Emirates, though he was hampered by injuries at times too. He has yet to start a single Premier League game this season, with his six appearances (including a cameo in last week’s defeat at Bournemouth) coming from the subs’ bench.
All going well with the medical, Walcott could be confirmed as an Everton player on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
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