Everton have been put on transfer alert over Theo Walcott after the player reportedly postponed talks over a new contract at Arsenal until the end of the season.
The Times say that the 28-year-old has put discussions on the back-burner until the end of the current campaign as he is frustrated over his lack of playing time.
Walcott was linked with a move to Goodison Park this week with Sam Allardyce believed to be an admirer.
The new Blues boss is weighing up whether to launch a raid for a player in the January transfer window and admitted that his first signing needs to be right, declaring it “is critical for me.”
Walcott scored against Belarusian side BATE Borisov in the Gunners final Europa League group game on Thursday – his 23rd goal over the past two seasons – but he has not started a Premier League match during the current campaign.
Allardyce picked Walcott in his only England squad and he was on the field as a 71st minute substitute with Adam Lallana netted a stoppage time winner to beat Slovakia 1-0.
The former Southampton man is tied down by Arsenal until the summer of 2019 and he is one of six first team players at the Emirates about to enter the final 18 months of their current contracts along with Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal and David Ospina.
Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will both become free agents next summer unless they can strike new deals.