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Potentially huge setback emerges for Pellegrino in pursuit of key attacker deal

Southampton supporters have been somewhat upbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side finally end a barren run of nine games without a win by edging past Championship side Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men picked up just four points from a possible 27 in the Premier League preceding last weekend’s cup tie, leading many to believe that Slavisa Jokanovic’s Cottagers could cause an upset at Craven Cottage. However, James Ward-Prowse’s first half effort was enough to somewhat ease the pressure on under-fire Pellegrino, and our resident Saints fans will hope that their 1-0 success on Saturday could be the catalyst for much-improved league form over the coming weeks and months.

Thus, there has been a bit more positivity among our resident Southampton supporters in the last few days, although their mood is unlikely to be improved by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which details that Everton are the favourites to land Arsenal’s Theo Walcott this month.

The 28-year-old has struggled for regular first team football under Arsene Wenger this term with just 49 Premier League minutes to show for his efforts, this all after netting 19 goals for the Gunners in all competitions last term to help them to fifth place in the division, and to another FA Cup crown.

As such, the forward’s future at the Emirates Stadium has been subject of speculation in recent times, with Pellegrino’s Southampton reportedly interested in bringing him back to St Mary’s over a decade on from his departure.

However, the Saints chief may have suffered a huge blow as Everton are reportedly favourites to land Walcott this month, with former England boss Sam Allardyce clearly seeing the 28-year-old as someone who can help his goal-shy attack in the second half of the season.

And while a deal is not done to take Walcott to Goodison Park, it does look as though Southampton have a huge battle on their hands trying to land him this month.

Landlord’s verdict: Theo Walcott’s time at Arsenal appears to be reaching a conclusion, 108 goals and 398 appearances on from his move from Southampton back in 2006.

The 28-year-old has managed just 49 minutes of Premier League action this term and doesn’t look like breaking into Arsene Wenger’s regular plans, with his ex-employers Southampton reportedly seeking to bring him back to St Mary’s this month.

However, manager Mauricio Pellegrino appears to have been dealt a huge setback as reports suggest that Everton are favourites for the forward, as they are also in search of much-needed attacking options heading into the second half of the campaign.

Thus, it very much remains to be seen whether the Saints can indeed lure the 28-year-old back to the South Coast this month.

Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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