Newcastle United have joined Everton, Southampton and West Ham in eyeing up a loan move for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in January, according to a report.
The Express claim on their website that the Magpies are joined by the Toffees and the Hammers in trailing the Saints for the 28-year-old winger, with Mauricio Pelligrino’s side keen on securing a deal for their former star.
Despite having been at Arsenal since 2006, joining from Southampton as a 16-year-old, Walcott has found himself out of favour under Arsene Wenger this season, and has been limited to just 13 outings across all competitions, with only four of those coming in the Premier League as substitute appearances.
It is said that the versatile attacker is keen to secure a move to nail down first team football, and has resigned himself to the fact an exit seems likely over summer.
He has made 396 appearances and scored 108 goals for the Gunners, which have helped the club pick up three FA Cups during his time at the Emirates, including the 2017 trophy.
Football Insider verdict
With a reported wage of £120,000-a-week at Arsenal, that may well limit Walcott’s options as to who makes a move for him. He would strengthen the majority of Premier League sides, which leaves it to where he would be handed the most first team action as well as who wants him most. Newcastle are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements, and could offer him a central attacking role, something he has spoken highly of about in the past. West Ham are well stocked on the wings but on his day Walcott would no doubt be an upgrade, while the same applies to Everton. However, all the clubs are said to be behind Southampton in the hunt, the Saints able to offer some sentimentality to the move. As such, they may be best looking elsewhere, as it appears to be a losing battle.
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