Surely Southampton would be mad to shell out £30 million on Arsenal's Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott and Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal applaud the crowd after the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2017 in...

Southampton have been linked with a move for the Arsenal forward.

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and...

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino will surely be looking to bolster his ranks at St Mary's this month, with his side currently looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone.

Southampton sit in 17th place in the Premier League table, ahead of 18th placed Stoke City on goal difference alone, and an injection of quality will be much needed this month, if they are to avoid the drop.

One of the south coast outfit's key targets is Gunners ace Theo Walcott, with the Sun reporting that they will have to pay around £30 million to prise him away from the Emirates.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal shoots during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2017 in London, England.

The Saints would be mad to shell out such an extortionate amount of money, however, for a player so desperately short of both form and confidence.

Walcott has played just 50 minutes of Premier League football for Arsenal this season, and has unsurprisingly failed to register either a goal or an assist in the league thus far.

The England international's powers are quite clearly waning, and although a return to St Mary's would be accompanied with much sentiment, it would most likely be an irresponsible waste of a very large amount of money.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2017 in London, England.

Southampton need to add goals to their squad, and they would be better served in looking elsewhere at a player who is playing more regularly, and actually has some recent goalscoring pedigree.

And as harsh as it may seem, that player is certainly not Theo Walcott.

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