Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino this afternoon confirmed that his side are looking into the possibility of bringing Theo Walcott back to the club.
Walcott, a 28-year-old English international, has been at Arsenal since joining the club from the Saints in 2006.
He has gone on to make over 400 appearances for the Gunners, racking up more than 100 goals in the process.
However, the attacker has been in and out of Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup in North London for several seasons now, with injuries and the presence of more consistent stars having made life difficult for Walcott in the English capital.
He has managed just 5 appearances in the Premier League this term, all of which have come from the bench.
On the move?
As a result of his uncertain role with the club, Walcott was heavily linked with a departure from the Emirates during the summer.
The likes of Southampton, West Ham, Newcastle, Everton and even Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus were touted as potential destinations for the 47-time capped English international, but, in the end, a move failed to materialise.
‘Talking about him’
However, the possibility remains that Walcott could move move on during the current transfer window, with rumours of a move back to St. Mary’s to join former club Southampton having gathered pace in the English media over recent weeks.
And, speaking in an interview with Sky Sports earlier today, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino confirmed that his side are indeed interested in Walcott, before labelling any potential operation as ‘not easy.’
‘I have been talking about him. He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us, it’s not easy.’