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Saints leapfrog West Ham in pursuit of want-away Arsenal star

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Southampton are now favourites to land West Ham target after it was revealed the are set to part ways with the Englishman this January, reports the Daily Express.

Walcott has found himself surplus to requirements at the Emirates in recent seasons, becoming a bit-part player, and could now find himself leaving North after over a decade as part of Arsene Wenger’s proposed clear-out.

While West Ham were heavily linked with the forward during the summer, it is now his former club Southampton who lead the chase for his signature, with his boyhood club keen to offer him a route out of the Emirates.

Walcott left the Saints for back in 2006, and has since scored over 100 goals for Arsene Wenger’s side.

With Southampton struggling for goals this season, having found the net only five times in seven top flight games, Walcott has been eyed as the man who can help solve their woes in front of goal.

West Ham remain keen on the striker/winger however, and are prepared to fight with Southampton, as well as Inter and Everton who are also interested, for his signature this January.

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