Mauricio Pellegrino calls for ‘patience’ in pursuit of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott

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Mauricio Pellegrino calls for 'patience' in pursuit of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott

“If that is possible to get over the line, I would be delighted but obviously there is negotiations that are happening at the moment”.

“We will wait and see”.

Allardyce, who has already signed striker Cenk Tosun from Besitkas for £27m in January, has cited Walcott’s “pace”, “experience” and “crossing ability” as attributes the England global would offer.

“I think you’re all aware of our interest in Theo”.

Walcott arrived at Arsenal in January 2006 – for £5m rising to about £12.5m – and has scored 108 goals in 396 appearances, with eight goals in 47 games for England.

“If we can get that all sorted out then that would be a great addition to join us in an attacking point of view”.

Walcott has fell down the pecking order at the Emirates and looks set to depart after more than a decade at the club.

He said: “It’s not imminent but negotiations are going on and we’re hoping to negotiate a permanent deal”. [The deal] is permanent, I don’t think there’s any chance of a loan.

Asked about Allardyce’s comments, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “I can not tell you much more”.

But when asked if Sanchez is replaceable, he said: “He is an exceptional player and if that happens, we must find a different balance in the team”.

Wenger confirmed he was “active” in the transfer market but refused to confirm any details, hailing 20-year-old Bordeaux forward Malcom as a “good player” but refused to reveal whether he was actively seeking to sign the Sao Paulo-born player. “Wenger can say what he wants publicly, but he’s telling him what he really thinks every week”.

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