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Deal Close: Arsenal keen on completing transfer move for £120,000-a-week star


Arsenal's and England international forward Theo Walcott has become a surprise transfer target for Watford, with the Daily Express reporting that the Hornets have made the England forward a requirement as they look to improve on the quality of their squad in January.

The Hornets have struggled as of late, winning their first of seven games on Boxing Day with a 2-1 victory against Leicester City, and Marco Silva will attempt to save his club when the transfer window reopens next month.

Walcott has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal under the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil and could be tempted by chances of playing regularly for Watford, as he will need to get substantial minutes under his belt with the 2018 World Cup competition knocking.

The 28-year-old hasn't featured a single Premier League match this season, coming off the bench for all four of his appearances for the Gunners so far. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has rarely used him as a starter in the Europa League, however.

Silva, while keen on signing £120,000-a-week star, is said to have concerns over Walcott's attitude and is worried he may not have what it takes to succeed at Watford. The issue about Walcott's attitude is likely to be a stumbling block on him joining Watford, though, with the Hertfordshire's side needing every bit of help they can get at the moment.

The Hornets are also believed to be keen on signing Manchester United's Luke Shaw. The ex-Southampton man has finally made his way back into Jose Mourinho's squad after spending quite some time on the sidelines. But with the Manchester side reportedly after Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose, Watford could welcome the idea of signing Shaw.

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