Allardyce confirms Everton's Walcott negotiations

Allardyce confirms Everton's Walcott negotiations

Everton's manager confirmed at his weekly press conference that his board are in advanced negotiations with Arsenal over a permanent transfer worth around £20million for Walcott, who is also wanted by Southampton - the club where he launched his career.

The Mirror's John Cross noted the figure the Toffees are willing to pay to sign the 28-year-old, who is also reported to be ready for a switch as he seeks a boost in Premier League playing time.

"I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo", said Allardyce.

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

"If that can be sorted out it would be a great addition from an attacking point of view".

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Allardyce, who started the transfer window by signing the Turkey global Cenk Tosun, is desperate to bolster Everton's forward line and he believes Walcott has the ideal profile to give his squad the goals they have lacked.

"So if that's at all possible, that would be very nice".

"It is permanent we are hoping to negotiate".

Walcott's wages of £110,000-a-week could prove to be a problem for the Saints while it is something that Sam Allardyce's club will be able to get close to.

"I don't want him to lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup. I'll be very excited and enthused when someone, even if it's not Theo, has signed on the dotted line". But when asked if Sanchez is replaceable, he said: "He is an exceptional player and if that happens, we must find a different balance in the team". Speaking to Sky Sports, Wright said: "In the current climate, for a young player to go out and do that with Arsenal going through what they're going through now - experienced players wanting to leave, there's no leadership - Arsene Wenger should have made a better stance on this".

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