Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is lining up a move for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott in January.
Liverpool needs reinforcement in January there are no two ways about it. Brendan Rodgers has already expressed his desire to sign a striker in the winter transfer market to provide Suarez more support upfront.
After the departure of Andy Carroll to West Ham and the injury to Borini, Liverpool were left with Luis Suarez as their only senior striker in the squad. Brendan Rodgers has been forced to blood in youngsters into the first team to fill up the gap. But according to reports Rodgers has been promised at least £10million to strengthen his squad in January and the Liverpool manager is hoping to sign contract rebel Theo Walcott from Arsenal.
Walcott, who has previously been in the news for his dispute in contract extension with the club, finally made it to the headlines for all the right reasons after putting up a wonderful display in the League cup match against Reading. Arsenal made a historic comeback after been down by four early goals and Theo Walcott was the hero of the night after scoring a wonderful hattrick.
Arsene Wenger is desperate to extend Walcott’s contract and said –
”There is urgency in sorting out the new deal – how much I don’t know. But there is urgency. We want to sort it out before Christmas, one way or the other.
“I wouldn’t like to sell him in January if he doesn’t sign a new deal. I’ve not even thought about that, because at the moment I think we will still manage to make a deal with him.”
The Arsenal manager has also hinted that he is prepared to play Walcott through the center after he displayed his excellent finishing skills against Reading.
“Theo was superb last night. I always said that he will be a striker, so we are on the same wavelength there. First of all he is a good finisher now. Secondly, he knows where to be in the box on the rebound.
“That’s a quality of a striker you can’t give, you feel it or you don’t.
“He has the qualities to play as a striker and I hope he will be a striker at Arsenal. I always said I want to keep him.” – Wenger told the press.
Walcott has earlier stated that money was not the issue, as reported by media, and that he wanted to play regular first team football. The winger has also publicly stated his desire to play through the center and it looks like Wenger will fulfill his wish very soon. Walcott his expected to get his second start in the league against Manchester United this weekend as this long contract saga is visibly heading towards an happy ending.
Manchester United were also linked with a move for him two days back and it looks like the English media’s rumour mills will keep churning out such fictional tales unless Walcott signs across the dotted line. If Liverpool’s interest is true, Brendan Rodgers must start looking for other options as Walcott is expected to secure his long term future at the Emirates by December.