Rumour: Liverpool step up chase for Arsenal misfit Theo Walcott


Frustrated in their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, 28, Liverpool have turned their attentions to Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, 27.

The England international had once expected to lead Arsenal’s line but a combination of injuries and poor form saw him relegated to the bench, barely featuring as the season drew to a close. Subsequent talks with Arsene Wenger saw Walcott reluctantly agree that his future at the club would be as a wide attacking player, rather than his favoured central role.

As a youngster, Walcott supported Liverpool with Michael Owen his hero. With a £25m four-year contract on the table, he may be about to follow in Owen’s footsteps as Jurgen Klopp sets about rebuilding the Merseysiders after decades in the doldrums.

The German knows Walcott well through his spell at Dortmund when Arsenal were regular opponents and has built a good rapport with Wenger. He will use this to sway the Frenchman into selling Walcott at a reasonable price.

Roundly criticised by some Arsenal supporters, Walcott needs to reignite his career. Omitted by Roy Hodgson for Euro 2016, the winger has never played for England at a major tournament, only travelling with Sven Goran Eriksson’s squad to Germany for the 2006 World Cup finals.

If he wants to realise that international dream Walcott must end his indifferent form, with Liverpool offering a fresh start to his career.


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