Theo Walcott has signed for Everton from Arsenal in a deal reported to be worth in excess of £20million.
Walcott becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window following the £27m paid for striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
The move brings to an end Walcott’s 12-year stay at Arsenal, where he scored 108 goals in 397 appearances.
It is believed the player has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Toffees until the summer of 2021, having agreed to move to Merseyside ahead of a return to Southampton, where he started his career.
The England international said on Everton’s website: “I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level.”
Walcott added: “I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be. The manager (Sam Allardyce) is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction.
“Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great and I always used to find it very tough playing here.
“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.
“I’m dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I’m excited again, I really am.”
Walcott added on his Twitter account: I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved Arsenal – manager, coaches, backroom staff, and all the many people at the club that have been part of my family for the past 12 years.
“I would also like to thank all my teammates I have had the pleasure of playing alongside, but most importantly the fans for their incredible support. I feel sad to leave but also excited for a new challenge.
“I wish everyone at the club every success for the future.”
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