Southampton now 'open to offers' for £75k-a-week star at St Mary's

Southampton are “open to offers” for Theo Walcott this summer, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

The £72,000 per-week winger has just 12 months remaining on his Saints contract and hasn’t played for the club since the beginning of February.

What’s the latest news involving Walcott?

Following a productive first campaign back at his boyhood club in 2020-2021, Southampton opted to sign Walcott permanently last summer, putting him on a two-year contract after scoring three and assisting three while on loan.

But since the 33-year-old became a permanent Southampton player once again, he’s fallen out of favour under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

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Walcott started only five top-flight games this season and played just one minute in the Premier League since the turn of the year, and even that was as an 89th minute substitute at Tottenham.

Furthermore, in Walcott’s 13 appearances across all competitions, he failed to register a single goal contribution, although he was on the pitch for less than 500 minutes in total.

Therefore, Barclay believes that the St Mary’s Stadium outfit are willing to sell the England international when the window reopens for business next month.

What did Barclay say about Walcott?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t know about specific interest in him, but they’re open to offers. I think he’s got one year left on his contract and it’s clear that he hasn’t had much game-time.

“He doesn’t seem the same player that he was, he’s 33, and a lot of his game was pace, not just pace, but it was a big factor as we all remember from those years at Arsenal.”

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Has anyone been linked with Walcott?

At 33-years-old and only five league goals to his name in the last three seasons, it’s difficult to imagine Walcott getting another Premier League move at this stage of his career.

Therefore, it doesn’t come as much surprise that The Sun believe a move to Major League Soccer could be on the cards for the ex-Arsenal attacker.

Walcott, who has previously considered playing in America, is open to a move across the pond, with Los Angeles and New York his top two destinations.

The report also states that Hasenhuttl is keen to put more time and effort into developing youth this summer, which should allow Walcott to seek pastures new in the months ahead.

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