More than a decade after leaving his boyhood club Southampton for a move to London, Arsenal winger Theo Walcott could make an emotional return to the South coast.
The 28-year-old England international joined Saints in 2000 and spent five years playing in their youth set-up before being promoted to the first team.
A single season and only 21 league appearances – with four goals during that time – were all he got from his first-team experience with the Saints before Arsenal came calling with £12 million in their bag.
Twelve years fast forward and Walcott could once again make a winter move – this way back to Southampton who are said to be considering an offer for out-of-sorts Arsenal forward.
Walcott only managed four Premier League outings this season as he was mainly used as a backup solution. He did feature more regularly in the Carabao Cup and Europa League where he accumulated eight performances combined.
Walcott scored four goals in the process and showed he could still be counted on but Arsene Wenger does not share this opinion obviously as he keeps pushing the England international on the margins.
Southampton could present Theo Walcott with an escape route this January as Saints look to rebuild their squad following Virgil van Dijk’s departure.
They are tracking Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, Alfie Mawson from Swansea and out-of-favour Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.
Southampton want to reinforce their attacking power following a bad run of form but a reunion with former star Theo Walcott might hit a major stumbling block in terms of high wages.
Walcott is on a £110,000 per week deal at the Emirates and would not settle for anything less if he is to be tempted to leave Arsenal during winter.