Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the club is now in talks with Arsenal over a possible transfer deal this month.

The Gunners completed the sale of Francis Coquelin on Thursday, less than 24 hours after 0-0 draw against Chelsea in the semi-final of the League Cup.

Arsenal are not expected to end their business there with Theo Walcott now being linked with a move away from the club.

And when asked about a potential move to Goodison Park for the 28-year-old, Sam Allardyce confirmed that negotiations had been held with the Gunners over a transfer deal for Walcott.

“If it’s possible to be over the line I’d be delighted. It’s not imminent but negotiations are ongoing.”

“He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions,” Allardyce said

“His pace is a key strength which we lack. To add goals would be very important for me. And he’s only 28.

“If that can be sorted out it would be a great addition from an attacking point of view. I don’t think there’s a chance of a loan.

“I don’t get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed. I’ll be very excited and enthused when someone, even if it’s not Theo, has signed on the dotted line.”

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