Theo Walcott makes his mind up, as favourites emerge to sign him

Date published: Monday 5th October 2020 9:56 - Matthew Briggs

Theo Walcott TEAMtalk

Theo Walcott has decided to leave Everton and Southampton are leading the race to sign the winger, according to TEAMtalk sources.

On Saturday TEAMtalk revealed the former Arsenal man was not in Carlo Ancelotti’s long-term plans as he looks to remodel his side.

The likes of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure have all arrived this summer. That has led to Walcott being left on the sidelines.

He did get 12 minutes after replacing Rodriguez against Brighton, but the 31-year-old has now decided to leave.

West Ham and Crystal Palace have both made contact over a potential deal. We’ve also been informed that intermediaries have also spoken to Newcastle and Fulham.

However, his former club Southampton are favourites to re-sign the attacker, who is out of contract next summer.

Saints are pushing for a season-long loan deal, and have until 11pm on Monday to come to an arrangement with Everton and the player.

Walcott made 23 appearances for Southampton during his time on the south coast, scoring five goals, before leaving for Arsenal in 2006.

Sky Sports also report that Saints are keen on a reunion with Walcott.

Sky Sports News reporter Rebecca Williams said“I’m hearing that Southampton are in talks with Everton over the signing of Theo Walcott.

“It would be a potential loan deal and that would be really interesting as of course he started his career here in the Saints academy back in the year 2000.”

Kean departure

Meanwhile, Everton have confirmed the departure of Moise Kean to Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan.

Kean was a major signing for Everton last summer, but failed to live up to expectations after joining from Juventus.

The Italian striker scored just twice in the Premier League in his first season in England, having been limited to just six league starts.

And although he started his second season with two goals in the Carabao Cup, his struggles led to rumours that Everton could get rid of him after just one year.

That has now materialised, with PSG taking him to France for the season. However, the Ligue 1 champions do not have an option to buy him.

Kean remains under contract at Goodison Park until 2024.

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