Everton coach Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in Arsenal player Theo Walcott as he attempts to increase his side’s attacking threat.

Walcott, who has also been linked with a return to former club Southampton, has slipped down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger’s plans and has yet to start a Premier League game this season, appearing just five times.

Since Allardyce was appointed at Goodison Park, the Toffees have scored eight times in as many league games, prompting the former England boss to also snap up Turkey international Cenk Tosun last week in a reported £28million deal.

“You’re all aware of our interest in Theo,” Allardyce told a news conference. “If we’re able to get that over the line, I’ll be delighted.

“If we can get that all sorted out then that would be a great addition to join us from an attacking point of view.”

“Two to three reasons [for interest]: goalscoring threat, pace, experience and he’s good on assists from wide in terms of his crossing.”

“So, if that’s at all possible, that would be very nice. It’s not imminent, but negotiations are going on.”

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