As a Sunday tabloid story, it's to be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt but The Mirror claim the Blues will offer Arsenal £30m for the 28-year-old.
Walcott has struggled with injuries over the past couple of years but remains, on his day, a dangerous attacking midfielder who could help address Everton's shortage of wide players.
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1 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:19:56
2 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:21:39
3 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:21:44
4 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:28:40
Only worry is recent injury problems.
A snip at £30m in the current climate if medically fit.
5 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:39:39
Walcott, given an important role in the team, will flourish with players like Rooney around.
6 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:41:56
Heavily criticised by the fans last season for being extremely lazy and ineffectual. Even at £20 Million the world has gone mad. Newspaper nonsense.
Get Mahrez and let's stop pissing about.
7 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:43:04
8 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:47:42
Walcott fits the bill and can score plenty of goals himself either out on the right or as a striker. 19 goals last season is an incredible return given that he was in and out of the side. It's a yes from me, but Mahrez is the player we should really sign.
9 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:53:22
Yes, he can score... a goal every four games, all from open play, is an excellent return for a winger. By contrast, Bolasie scores once every ten games.
But Walcott absolutely defines lazy. If he's not on the ball, he's not on at all. Dead space unless going forward.
10 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:58:44
11 Posted 16/07/2017 at 17:59:26
Please get Van Dijk, Vardy and Sigurdsson. What a team we'd have then.
12 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:00:11
For many years the rivalry between Spurs and Arsenal incorporated the rivalry between Walcott and Lennon. Who was the better winger, with Lennon often coming out on top.
Now ask yourself... would you pay £15 Million for Lennon? How is Walcott worth double?
Let's not turn into the Premier League 'New Money' mugs.
13 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:09:40
14 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:14:06
15 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:14:40
Nothing but the best.
16 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:17:28
However ,I think it's a big assumption that he can stay fit; having only just got rid of a load of sicknotes and already carrying 3 injured players, I'd suggest we need to avoid risks.
17 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:22:28
18 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:29:56
19 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:30:21
We have a paucity of wide options with or without Bolasie. I think you can write off this season for him, regardless. That is if he gets back to his best, which I doubt.
Far better signing than Gylfi for me.
20 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:33:36
Van Dijk, Mahrez, Dembele and possibly Sigurdsson.
With Rooney, Ramirez, Scheiderlin, Klaassen, Keane, Gueye, Baines, Bolasie, Coleman, Davies, Lookman, Pickford, Mirallas, etc that's not a team that should be expecting 7th.
With these names playing their best, I would secretly expect a run at the title.
21 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:35:59
22 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:43:59
A match fit Walcott would probably be a better option than any of our wide options and at the moment we have only Sandro who has even a hint of pace up front but £30m seems a lot (even in this market) for someone with his injury issues (and potentially dwindling pace?).
23 Posted 16/07/2017 at 18:49:15
A snip... really? A snip is Lookman at one-third of the price and over 10 years younger. Full of pace skill and an eye for goal.
24 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:08:31
Signing a full new starting XI wouldn't feel to me like Everton. A starting XI with, say, Holgate, Jags, Schneiderlin, Gana, Davies, Lookman gives us continuity (though 3 of them are relatively new) - in the sense of an existing Everton side strongly added to.
Leave it to another window to sign more. Otherwise, it will feel to me like we just bought success, like we bought a mass of players into which a few existing players are absorbed. Gradual change will feel like a few new players are absorbed into the existing Everton.
Extreme and highly unlikely scenario... if we signed all of Chelsea's first team in one go, would that feel like Everton playing?
But if we do sign a shed load more? Well. I guess I'll just live with it!!
Roll on, Stoke!
25 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:26:56
26 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:27:28
27 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:34:40
28 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:41:04
The Aussies used to love to take the piss out of us - "What the definition of ambition? ... A Pom batsman wearing sunscreen.
Still, I like a bit of ambition.
29 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:42:01
30 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:43:19
31 Posted 16/07/2017 at 19:53:45
I'm sure the debate between Arsenal & Spurs fans over who was better out of Walcott and Lennon was pretty subjective. From an objective point of view I would imagine that Walcott would wins hands down.
Aaron's a good direct player but has absolutely no end product. Walcott scored 19 goals last season. The problem with Walcott is fitness, not goals or assists.
32 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:14:26
Nope. I've worked at Arsenal. Unfortunately I've always been around them for some inexplicable reason. Many a conversation in the pub and on forums and been to matches... for the love of a devoted but delusional girlfriend.
It's the Arsenal fans that don't rate him. One of the frustrations surrounding Arsene Wenger is that he has stayed true to him when they should have replaced him.
Even Ian Wright wants them to sell him!
Walcott is to Arsenal what (say) John Cena is to wrestling. A face of a generation who haven't lived up to the promise and legacy of a previous one.
From afar, other teams' players always look good. We know our players and they know theirs. I tend to trust the judgement of their fans over a 5-minute YouTube video.
At a fairer price it doesn't hurt to add pace to the team. But at £30 Million... behave.
33 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:15:46
34 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:20:42
My biggest problem is this: Shouldn't we be " swooping" for Sanchez, or any of the other lads that are keeping Walcott on the bench?
35 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:23:13
I think they will sell him to us because £30 Million from us is £30 Million towards Mahrez (a player their fans want and believe can take them forward) or another like for like.
'New Money' Everton haven't been in the big boy game for long and are prone to make mistakes. We don't need their cast offs we need to be competing with the players they want and need to crack the top 4.
36 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:28:01
37 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:28:26
Mirallas, Lennon, Dowell, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Sandro, Lookman then possible options from the U23s: Henen, Bowler, Donkor is not exactly a paucity.
Granted a lot of them are naturally left- sided players whereby Walcott would be considered for the right attacking midfield role. I don't think he is an improvement on what we already have and at £30m it just seems like a waste of money that would be better spent elsewhere, ie, height upfront.
38 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:40:34
If you had Ramsey, Sanchez and Ozil feeding you the ball with Giroud linking and holding up play you to would score 19 goals.
The debate rages on though and everybody has a right to have their say.
39 Posted 16/07/2017 at 20:44:11
Yes, Walcott seems to be a whipping boy at Arsenal, and so is Aaron Ramsey to a lesser extent. Walcott seems to have been around for years, and I agree he's never fulfilled the prodigy status he had at 16 when Sven called him up to the England world cup squad. I think that comes down in the main to his injury problems. He's also been one of those winger-come-strikers like Kevin Marallas who you can never quite decide what their best position is, so you end up throwing them on from the bench.
I don't see how anyone would think Aaron Lennon is better than Walcott though, even though I remember they were often compared to each other when Lennon was around the England squad.
I'd really like us to sign Mahrez, but wouldn't be against Walcott coming in, although I do have some doubts about his fitness. Maybe we can do part exchange with Arsenal for one of own whipping boys, Barkley. I'd take Walcott and £10m. It would be worth it just to piss Daniel Levy off.
40 Posted 16/07/2017 at 21:14:54
41 Posted 16/07/2017 at 21:18:45
I can still see us getting another striker, a central defender, and a creative midfielder. I doubt Walcott is on our bucket list.
Just a thought. If you sign a crap player does he end up on a 'kick the bucket' list? Sorry it doesn't get any better this late on a Sunday.
42 Posted 16/07/2017 at 21:23:24
43 Posted 16/07/2017 at 21:29:04
44 Posted 16/07/2017 at 21:38:59
I'm guessing Krødrup flattered to deceive. There's not much need to head a football if it was Star Sixes.
45 Posted 16/07/2017 at 21:43:16
46 Posted 16/07/2017 at 21:52:45
47 Posted 16/07/2017 at 22:00:25
48 Posted 16/07/2017 at 22:22:47
49 Posted 16/07/2017 at 22:27:08
At 28, he would be focused to make his mark and get back in the England team. A totally different class to Bolasie, Mirallas et al.
A big "Hell, Yes" for me! It would be a dream to see him cut the Red Shite to pieces at Goodison.
50 Posted 16/07/2017 at 22:32:05
51 Posted 16/07/2017 at 22:33:53
52 Posted 16/07/2017 at 22:48:28
Admittedly we could do with some pace and firepower on the wings, but the one quality Koeman seems to prize above all else is consistency. Walcott is a lot of things, but consistent is not one of them.
53 Posted 16/07/2017 at 23:08:18
54 Posted 16/07/2017 at 23:13:28
He proceeded to play shite and lose his place as per usual.
55 Posted 16/07/2017 at 23:13:47
Clearly not highly rated by many fans of his current club. Seems a little too much like Deulofeu to make any sense.
56 Posted 17/07/2017 at 00:14:33
I know, it's Ronald's problem let's just hope it is an easy one to deal with and not one that causes a bad atmosphere.
57 Posted 17/07/2017 at 00:39:07
58 Posted 17/07/2017 at 00:52:53
He has attributes we need at Everton, he's rapid which is something we massively lack, he's got goals in him, he can lift his head up in the box to pick out the correct pass, but unless you can keep him fit he's useless. I'd take a punt on him at £12-15m but £30m would be crazy.
Ihenacho, Martial or Batshuayi would be my choice to add pace and goals to the front line, although possibly only Martial is happy wide out of these three.
Also Wilf Zaha looked like he'd stepped up his game last season, maybe the penny's dropped with him too. He's got pace to burn, can beat a man and should be capable of adding goals to his game under the right management.
59 Posted 17/07/2017 at 01:27:10
60 Posted 17/07/2017 at 02:12:45
61 Posted 17/07/2017 at 02:54:21
62 Posted 17/07/2017 at 03:28:19
A 21-year-old Walcott? Absolutely. But at 28, I wouldn't touch him with a barge pole. He has pace to burn, true, which he'll start to lose now he's getting older; and, once that has gone, he wouldn't offer much at all.
63 Posted 17/07/2017 at 11:12:03
At 28 years old, this signing would be a mistake but maybe Arsenal are just touting him and using our promiscuity in the transfer market as a sales pitch.
64 Posted 17/07/2017 at 13:14:19
He has pace. He is not old 28. Hopefully bringing a maturity to our young quality players and teaching them how not to go about life as a young pro. I seem to remember him dislocating his shoulder against us the other year.
65 Posted 17/07/2017 at 13:17:25
It's inevitable I suppose, that we now have some financial backing, to be linked, mostly by agents and journos, to all and sundry.
I do not think for one minute, that our manager, Steve Walsh, and the board, would buy, for the sake of buying, but will only sanction value for money deals, which excludes, injury prones, and those approaching retirement!
I think Van Dijk is an excellent player, but not worth the silly money being asked; however, what a coup that would be, hopefully without sounding contradictory, if we could secure him.
I know we get associated with Bruno Martins Indi, every window, but think on this occasion that he may be genuinely under consideration.
66 Posted 17/07/2017 at 13:35:01
Those rubbishing him should really think about the players we have bought and understand we cannot reach the elite pool of players we yearn for, yet.
He will undoubtedly make us better. Has goals in him from a wide position and is quick. His flaws are well documented, but he's streets ahead of Bolasie, Mirallas and Deulofeu combined in what he has and can deliver.
Its clear the plan our transfer policy is stepping up in quality not jumping up. Signings are either potentially very good or Premier League proven.
I'm ignoring the buying of U23 talent as we are looking at the first team here.
But overall, you cannot deny a clear strategy something we have lacked for years. Good addition, IMO.
67 Posted 17/07/2017 at 15:22:41
And now we are being linked with another flop, Remy, the one who turned us down because he would rather sign for Crystal Palace, and he has been a flop there to.
We had better get a proven goal scorer in quick but not "I wanna be a striker" Walcott.
68 Posted 17/07/2017 at 15:37:05
Just out of curiosity, if we had a winger/striker who scored 19 goals last season, how much would we want for him?
Yeah, 19 goals and he's not as good as Deufelou. Won't hear a better one than that this week.
69 Posted 17/07/2017 at 15:48:48
There may have been a time when I would have agreed with that, but I can't help but feel that my innings on this planet is drawing to a close, and time is running out. Indeed, there are probably others in the 'veteran' category who are in a similar predicament, so the point is that I desperately want us to win something . ANYTHING before I go, and I don't care a jot how we do it.
My kids were too young in 95, and have (disgracefully!) never seen us win a trophy, so if we have to 'buy success' then that's just fine with me.
70 Posted 17/07/2017 at 15:52:31
71 Posted 17/07/2017 at 15:53:47
Bring on the trophies. And the new stadium, so that when I die, they can scatter me at Bramley-Moore Dock no cremation, just scatter me at BMD!
72 Posted 17/07/2017 at 16:07:32
I know I will always remember the brilliant days of first going to the magical and wonderful Goodison Park, especially the first time, there wasn't much success but I couldn't wait to get there, and although I still relish going to 'The Old Lady' it doesn't compare to those days of long ago.
When we win something, it won't half buck me up though.
73 Posted 17/07/2017 at 16:19:42
74 Posted 17/07/2017 at 16:22:53
I'm not having that Dave. You and your age group you and I have talked about are made from different stock. You're going nowhere anytime soon. You're not even on your way to the airport.
75 Posted 17/07/2017 at 16:29:02
Though it says we are a London team 😐
76 Posted 17/07/2017 at 16:34:23
77 Posted 17/07/2017 at 18:32:45
78 Posted 17/07/2017 at 18:40:25
79 Posted 17/07/2017 at 19:03:19
If we get a run in the Europa League, your Tony might be looking to boost his exies.
80 Posted 17/07/2017 at 23:28:09
Jonathan Viera is quality. Wasn't he the one that ran rings around Madrid and got Bale sent off in frustration?
81 Posted 18/07/2017 at 12:32:51
The top four clubs just buy and buy and buy. Arsenal over the years have been no exception apart from the last couple of years. All the high value players don't seem to stay long and also tend after a time to under-perform.
They do have a big squad and Walcott has never really fitted in that well. I think with a club like Everton and a manager like Koeman, it could be that they could bring out the best in him.
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