Everton are leading the race for out-of-contract Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, according to reports.
Welbeck – who has been injured since November – has run his contract down at the Emirates Stadium, and will be available as a free agent in the summer. Despite his lengthy injury record, several Premier League sides remain interested in the England international, who scored a hat-trick in a behind closed doors game last week having returned to full training.
According to the Evening Standard, West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Wolves are all showing interest in the 28-year-old, but Welbeck would prefer a move to Everton.
The Manchester United academy product wants to join a club with Champions League ambitions, and has reportedly been convinced by Everton’s strong end to the season. The Toffees are willing to offer him a contract worth more than his current £100,000-per-week deal at Arsenal, subject to any issues that may arise in the medical.
At Goodison Park, he would also be reunited with former Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott, something which could further attract Welbeck to the move. However, he wants reassurances over first team football before making his final decision, as he aims to force his way back into Gareth Southgate’s plans for Euro 2020.
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