By Laura O'Leary

4th Dec, 2017 | 4:18pm

West Ham want newly available forward with 65 PL goals – report

West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal’s Theo Walcott in January with Arsene Wenger deciding he doesn’t want the attacker at the club anymore, according to a report.

The Sun reports that the Hammers will have to compete with Walcott’s former club Southampton for the midfielder.

Walcott left the Saints in 2006 in order to move to Arsenal, where he has gone on to make 393 appearances for club, scoring 107 goals, 65 of them in the Premier League.

However, the pacy attacking player has failed to feature regularly this season, making only 10 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions, and will now leave if a suitable offer is accepted.

The midfielder is contracted to the club until 2019.

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This would be a real coup for David Moyes’ West Ham as they find themselves mired in a relegation battle. The player’s vast Premier League experience would be handy as the Hammers try to secure survival. The report says that Southampton are interested too which could be an issue as the midfielder has always spoke positively of his time at the club. However, Walcott has been in London for many years now and may opt for a move closer to home with the Hammers. If the midfielder can recapture his form form a couple seasons ago when he was one of the first names on the Gunners teamsheet, he could be a key player in saving West Ham from the drop.

In other West Ham news, this fringe player is hopeful of getting to prove himself in the Hammers first-team after impressive against City.

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