Everton completes £20m Walcott move


Theo Walcott has completed his move to Everton, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2021.

“There’s something about this move I’ve just felt good about,” he said.

“I’m very ambitious and I’ve come here because I want the club to push to the next level,” said Walcott.

The England international set to take the No 11 shirt vacated by Kevin Mirallas who has re-joined Olympiakos on loan.

“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 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.”

In a statement, Arsenal said: “We all thank Theo for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”

The 28-year-old leaves Arsenal as their current longest-serving player having signed from Southampton in 2006 he then scored 108 goals in 397 appearances. But had fallen out-of-the pecking order at The Emirates this season, making only six Premier League appearances.

Walcott, becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window following the £27m paid for striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.