Everton in talks with Arsenal over signing Theo Walcott, confirms Sam Allardyce

Everton in talks with Arsenal over signing Theo Walcott, confirms Sam Allardyce

Walcott is yet to start a Premier League game this season and has seen himself left out of Wenger's match-day squad entirely when the Frenchman has had all of his attackers to pick from.

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Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in Arsenal forward Theo Walcott as he attempts to increase Everton's attacking threat.

Allardyce said: "You are all aware of our interest in Theo".

"I can not give him assurances as it is not honest", he said when asked if he was going to give Walcott more chances in the second half of the season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently admitted he would be willing to listen to offers for the player because he did not want to stand in the way of Walcott's chances of reaching this summer's World Cup.

"I can not give him assurances as it is not honest, but we will see".

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

Sam Allardyce has urged Theo Walcott to join Everton as he gave a passionate appraisal of why a move north would reignite his career. "You never get excited until someone has signed on the dotted line", he said.

"It's not imminent but negotiations are going on and we're hoping to negotiate a permanent deal".

"I don't want him to lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup".

"It is essential we trim down the squad if we are to bring in players and adjust the balance of the squad and adjust the numbers".

When asked if Walcott would be given more games at Arsenal this season, Wenger replied: "I can not give him assurances as it is not honest". He is a good player, but I don't know with the negotiations, with the market.

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