THEO WALCOTT could leave Arsenal and head to ambitious London rivals West Ham this summer, as he searches for regular first-team action.
The 27-year-old has barely featured in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI in recent months and, according to the Sun, is set on a move at the end of the season.
Wenger himself admitted last month he doesn’t know if Walcott will stay at the club.
“I don’t know yet,” said the Gunners boss at the time when asked if the forward could leave.
“I’m not in transfer mode at the moment, but I think he has gone through a bad spell. Let’s see how well he finishes the season now.”
West Ham are reportedly set to offer Walcott regular action, with Arsenal holding out for a fee of £20million.
Hammers co-owner David Sullivan told Sky Sports on Monday that the club would make a £25m bid for a player based in England this week.
“We are going to bring one or two top players. The Olympic Stadium gives us about £12m extra revenue a year,” Sullivan said.
“We are going to make a £20m or £25m bid for a player in England this week.”
England international Walcott has made 231 league appearances for Arsenal since arriving at the club as a teenager from Southampton in 2006.