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Southampton confirm interest in Walcott

08:37 GMT 07/01/2018
Theo Walcott Arsenal 2017
The Saints would like to re-sign the winger from Arsenal following the £75m sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that the club would like to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal in January.

The Saints sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool at the start of the month for a fee of £75 million, and are now looking to reinvest the proceeds into their squad.

Walcott, who began his professional career at St Mary's, has emerged as a target, and while Pellegrino is unsure if the deal will go through, he hopes to make his squad "stronger".

"I have been talking about him," he said, per Sky Sports.

"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.

"Hopefully we can bring somebody that can help us be stronger. This is our target now. We know the market is difficult, but we are working on that."

Walcott has made just five Premier League appearances this season for Arsenal, and has yet to play more than 19 minutes in a single match in the top flight this term.