Wenger responds to Allardyce’s Walcott claims


Earlier today, Sam Allardyce confirmed his interest in signing Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a permanent deal.

The Everton manager is keen to boost his forward line and sees the 28 year old as someone who can kickstart his career at Goodison Park.

“I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo,” he said.

“If that is possible to get over the line, I would be delighted but obviously there is negotiations that are happening at the moment.

“It is permanent we are hoping to negotiate. I don’t think there is any chance of a loan.”

Arsene Wenger was asked about it at his press conference today, and while not giving much away he broadly hinted he’d be open to allowing Walcott to leave.

He refused to say he’d give him assurances over playing time, and said he wouldn’t stand in the way of his chances of going to World Cup in Russia next summer.

“You cannot just do it, it’s not honest,” he replied when asked about assuring Walcott he’d get first team opportunities.

“We will see, I have a good relationship with Theo and I don’t want him to be frustrated or lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup because Theo went to the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and we are now in 2018 and since he has not been for different reasons, so that is a sensitive subject.

“I cannot tell you much more. Sam Allardyce has made that statement but Theo Walcott is here.”

Everton are ready to bid £20m, money which could help fund the fee for Bordeaux forward Malcom, the club’s main target if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club this month.

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