Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in Arsenal forward Theo Walcott as he attempts to increase Everton’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 £28 million deal.

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“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.”

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