Everton are set to continue their summer spending as they search for a replacement for 24-year-old Romelu Lukaku, who left Goodison Park for Manchester United in a £75m deal. While Wayne Rooney returned home, the 31-year-old isn’t a central striker.
The Toffees like the look of the Arsenal strikeforce and while Olivier Giroud is their preferred choice, Theo Walcott is more likely to be prised away from north London, according to the Sunday Mirror. The 28-year-old, currently with the Gunners squad in China, slipped down the pecking order last season as the Gunners season crumbled.
Injuries wrecked the past five seasons with the striker, capped 47 times by England, making 110 Premier League appearances in that time. With 39 goals and playing as a wide striker for Arsenal, his goal return isn’t eyecatching but is comparable to many others in the top flight.
He’s been at Arsenal for twelve years, joining from Southampton in a £9.1m deal. However, with Alexandre Lacazette, 26, joining in a £53m deal, as well as Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all vying for the front three places, Walcott is set to become a more peripheral figure at the Emirates.
Arsène Wenger is keen to keep Giroud and Wellbeck, making his views on both public. No such declarations have been forthcoming about Walcott, giving Everton hope that they may yet add a marquee signing.