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Allardyce wants to get Walcott deal 'over the line'

Theo Walcott Photo: PA Images

Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes Arsenal winger Theo Walcott can be a key figure in the plan to improve his side's attacking options.

Talks have opened with the Gunners over a potential £20million deal for the 28-year-old, who has only 18 months remaining on his contract.

The England international has made just 15 appearances this season but has not made a Premier League start since April.

Allardyce sees a move to Goodison as a chance for Walcott to reignite his faltering career.

"I think you are all aware of our interest in Theo. If that is possible to get over the line I'd be delighted," said Allardyce, who has already strengthened his forward line with the purchase of £28m Beskitas striker Cenk Tosun.

"Obviously there are negotiations that are happening at the moment and if that can all be sorted out - one of the most difficult things to do today - then that would be a great addition in my opinion to come and join us from an attacking point of view."