Both The Telegraph and the ever-reliable Liverpool Echo have reported the club’s interest in the player is very real, and that the Reds owners, FSG, are ready to bankroll manager Brendan Rodgers during the January transfer window in a bid to ensure Liverpool don’t lose further touch with other Premier League clubs chasing a Champions League position this season.
Walcott, a boyhood Liverpool fan who Rafael Benitez tried to lure to Anfield before his move to Arsenal from Southampton, becomes a free agent next summer as he is yet to pen a new deal with the Gunners.
Liverpool ‘s interest was rekindled during the summer when Arsenal’s offer of a new contract was rebuffed by the England international, however the London club were unwilling to listen to any offers, as a resolution was sought. Walcott has rejected a 5-year deal worth £75,000 a week, and is said to want assurances that he will play in a central striking role in the future.
His situation hasn’t changed at Arsenal, and despite Walcott starting just three games this season, he is their top scorer with seven goals.
FSG will make money available to Rodgers in January, and the mooted £10 million price tag for Walcott, if Arsenal don’t pursued him to sign beforehand, is unlikely to be an issue for the Reds.