Theo Walcott completes move to Everton from Arsenal and signs three-and-a-half year deal


Everton have completed the £25m signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal, after the player completed a medical and agreed personal terms with the Merseyside club on Wednesday,

The 28-year-old England international becomes the club’s second signing of the January transfer window, after the transfer of Turkey striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for a reported fee of £27m.

Walcott was deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal having made just 16 appearances in all competitions this season, including the Community Shield. Only six of those appearances have been in the Premier League and he last started a top-flight game in April

Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006 for £9.1m, scoring 108 goals in 397 games for the club. He won both the FA Cup and the Community Shield twice with the club.

Speaking last Friday, Everton boss Sam Allardyce said: “Theo’s not as risky (as Tosun) because he’s proven. He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions as well as many assists.

His pace is one of his key strengths which we lack in this squad. His assists are pretty good as well as his goals.

“We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me.”