Walcott to undergo medical as move to Everton edges closer
Arsenal winger should become Allardyce’s second signing of transfer window within 24 hours
Theo Walcott: he has made just 15 appearances this season for Arsenal. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott’s £20 million move to Everton is edging closer after the player travelled to Merseyside for a medical.
The 28-year-old was scheduled to attend the club’s Finch Farm training ground on Tuesday to undergo his physical examination and finalise terms.
Walcott, who has scored 108 goals in 397 matches for Arsenal, is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium having made just 15 appearances this season. He has not made a Premier League start since April.
Providing there are no last-minute hitches Walcott should become manager Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the transfer window within the next 24 hours. Striker Cenk Tosun, a £28 million arrival from Besiktas, made his debut at the weekend, playing an hour of the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.
“Theo’s not as risky [as Tosun] because he’s proven. He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions as well as many assists,” Allardyce said.
“His pace is one of his key strengths, which we lack in this squad. His assists are pretty good as well as his goals. We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me.”
Allardyce is also keen to offload a number of players to reduce numbers in a bloated squad.
It is understood Everton will listen to offers for ex-Ajax Amsterdam captain Davy Klaassen, but accept they will struggle to recoup the £23.6 million former manager Ronald Koeman spent on his fellow Dutchman in the summer. The 24-year-old has made just 13 appearances, the majority in the Europa League, and has not featured in a Premier League game since September.
Striker Sandro Ramirez, a £5.2 million summer signing from Malaga, is also on the list of likely exits.