West Ham have made an audacious approach to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal according to The Brentwood Gazette, who claim the Hammers have lodged a £26 million offer for the flying forward.
Slaven Bilic’s men have had an impressive campaign to date and are in contention to finish in the top four if they can end the season strongly.
With a move to the Olympic Stadium also set to happen ahead of 2016-17, the London club are expected to make waves in the transfer window this summer with investment in the playing squad.
Walcott has been an important member of the Arsenal set-up for a number of years but is not guaranteed a starting berth in Arsene Wenger’s side.
The England international has stated in the past that he prefers to play in a central striker role, but Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck offer competition for places at the Emirates Stadium.
Should West Ham be able to pull off a stunning deal for Walcott it would be a real statement of intent and announce the Hammers as a side with ambitions of challenging for Champions League football on a perennial basis.