Former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has urged the club to avoid making a move for Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott in January after deeming that they would not be “a good fit” for each other.
The 28-year-old forward has been heavily linked with a move away, either permanently or on loan, from the Emirates Stadium in January, with the Express claiming that West Ham have joined Southampton, Everton and Newcastle United in his pursuit.
However Hislop, who made 131 appearances for the Hammers across all competitions, has boldly stated he does not see the Arsenal man, who helped the north London club win the 2017 FA Cup, fitting into the system at the club, and has pleaded with his former side to avoid making a move for him in the current window.
Asked if West Ham would be a good fit for Walcott, he told ESPN FC: “Not for me, no.
“We’ve been waiting for what, 10 years, for Theo Walcott to deliver on his promise.
“I don’t feel it’s a good fit, certainly not for West Ham right now.
“I don’t see how he fits West Ham and this team.”
Walcott has found himself as a fringe player under Arsene Wenger this season, with 15 appearances under his belt this season, five of which have come in the Premier League.
He has made a total of 398 outings for the Gunners since joining as a 16-year-old back in 2006, most recently the 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, and his current contract set to run out in the summer of 2019.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have held positive talks over securing an £80,000-a-week midfield maestro.