Theo Walcott is reportedly being eyed by West Ham who are keen on landing the forward in a £25 million deal, according to the Mirror.
The report claims Walcott is concerned about his hopes of making it to World Cup 2018, after losing his place in the Arsenal team last season.
The 28-year-old barely featured in the last couple of months of the season as Arsenal switched to a 3-5-2 system to good effect, with the Gunners ending the season by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Walcott was also left out of the recent England squad and is now worried he could be miss the World Cup, if he remains on the sidelines at the Emirates.
Enter West Ham, who have also been linked with a move for Olivier Giroud, and are clearly keen to strengthen their attack which was ravaged by injury last season.
Walcott’s place in the team certainly looks in jeopardy with Arsene Wenger seemingly happy with his side’s new formation and set to continue with it next season.
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Having joined the club as a 16-year-old, Walcott is the longest serving player in the squad at the moment, although it’s arguable whether he has reached his full potential in north London.
However, he has two years left on his current deal, which means he will not come cheap, even if Arsenal are prepared to let him leave this summer.