Ralph Hasenhuttl will be expected to bolster his Southampton attack in the summer with a former Saint reportedly being lined up for a potential move.
The Daily Mirror reports that Everton’s shift towards focusing on youth could see them move on Theo Walcott, and Southampton are said to be one club interested in the 30-year-old.
At Goodison Park, Walcott has not enjoyed the best of times since arriving from Arsenal last January, especially in recent months.
At Southampton, though, things could be a different story. Assessing Hasenhuttl’s squad, the south coast club look like they need a player of Walcott’s profile.
Though things have improved under their new Austrian manager, up front and out wide, there have been problems.
And Walcott, who earns £100k-a-week, according to Spotrac, is exactly the sort of forward who could help the team out in those areas considering his versatility.
Throughout his Arsenal career, Arsene Wenger had used the England international both as a striker and a right winger, and such an approach could go far for Hasenhuttl when looking at what he is currently working with.
When it comes to selecting his No.9 for the starting XI, Hasenhuttl has the likes of Danny Ings, Charlie Austin and Shane Long to choose from, options that currently come with a series of dilemmas to give the Southampton boss a huge headache.
Ings, for example, just cannot string a run of games together due to fitness, while Long’s form in front of goal has been poor for almost three whole seasons.
Elsewhere, on the flanks, Mohamed Elyounoussi has failed to make much of an impact since joining the club last summer, thus limiting Hasenhuttl’s options.
Based on all of that, signing Walcott, a player who can help out in both of the previously mentioned departments, could be a smart move.
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