Theo Walcott: Arsenal forward has Everton medical before proposed £20m transfer

By David Ornstein and Phil McNultyBBC Sport
Walcott has scored 108 goals for Arsenal since joining in 2006
Walcott has scored 108 goals for Arsenal since joining in 2006

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is having a medical at Everton before a proposed move worth more than £20m.

It seems the England international, 28, has played his last game for the Gunners, whom he joined from Southampton 12 years ago.

Everton's offer is expected to fend off rivals for his signature, including Southampton.

Walcott is also enticed by the prospect of Toffees manager Sam Allardyce helping to reignite his career.

He has scored 108 goals in 397 appearances for Arsenal but has fallen out of favour with manager Arsene Wenger.

If a deal goes through, Arsenal plan to use the funds to reinvest, with concrete interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux forward Malcom.

They are hoping to sign Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a deal which would involve Alexis Sanchez going the other way.

However, it is unlikely Arsenal would recruit all three players, and a source close to Mkhitaryan has told the BBC no agreement is close.

Allardyce has said Walcott would be a "fantastic addition" who would offer "goalscoring threat".

Wenger said he has told Walcott he wants him to stay but added on Friday he has not guaranteed game time to the player, who has 18 months left on his contract.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have offered a new deal to England midfielder Jack Wilshere. The offer is worth less than his current deal but is heavily incentivised.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the season.


BBC Sport's David Ornstein

Walcott is not a done deal yet - there are still some hurdles to overcome before the deal can be completed.

Everton run a lengthy medical and therefore it makes sense to get it started while negotiations are ongoing so that if/when agreement is reached the deal can be completed, rather than having to then start the medical.

An outcome is expected in the next 24 hours.


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