Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Done Deal: Theo Walcott Joins Everton In N9.5bn Deal From Arsenal

Theo Walcott has completed his £20million (N9.5 billion) move to Everton, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal to keep him at Goodison Park until 2021.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce confirmed last week the club had entered into negotiations with Arsenal over Walcott, who carried out his medical on Tuesday after travelling to the club's training ground.

The 28-year-old leaves Arsenal as their current longest-serving player having signed from Southampton in 2006 but had fallen out-of-favour at The Emirates this season, making only six English Premier League appearances.

 "I'm very ambitious and I've come here because I want the club to push to the next level," Walcott told Everton's official website.

"And with the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached.
"I'm very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be.

"The manager is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction.

"Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they're great and I always used to find it very tough playing here. 

"The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it's just what I need. I've had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.

"I want to be part of something which he's building and, like I said before, it's a very ambitious club.

"The fact there's a new stadium going to be developing in the next few years, it's exciting times for Everton Football Club.

"I'm dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I'm excited again, I really am.

"I do really believe that I'm going to give it my all, which is what I always have done, and this place is going to get even more out of me.

 "There's something about this move which I've just felt good about.

"It felt like it was time for me to move on [from Arsenal]. It was sad but it's exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before.

"I want to be part of something and I feel like this place will offer me that." 
 Walcott also paid his final loyalty to his former club Arsenal.
Walcott becomes Sam Allardyce's second Everton signing of the January transfer window
Walcott spent 12 years with the Gunners and played nearly 400 games under Arsene Wenger
He wrote on Twitter: "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved @Arsenal – manager, coaches, backroom staff, and all the many people at the club that have been part of my family for the past 12 years.  

"I would also like to thank all my team mates I have had the pleasure of playing alongside, but most importantly the fans for their incredible support. I feel sad to leave but also excited for a new challenge. I wish everyone at the club every success for the future."

Walcott becomes Everton's second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun's £27m (N14.8bn) switch from Besiktas, and Allardyce revealed last week that he believed Walcott would be another "great addition" to his squad.

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