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Report: West Ham turn attention to veteran from PL rivals, contact over loan

West Ham United have made contact with Premier League rivals Everton over a potential loan move for veteran Theo Walcott, according to teamTALK.

The Hammers have had a quiet summer window, with precious little for the club’s supporters to get excited about in terms of recruitment.

While West Ham manager David Moyes has admitted that defensive reinforcements are the priority, no new defenders have arrived at the club so far.

The Hammers have turned Tomas Soucek’s loan deal from Slavia Prague into a permanent arrangement, while right-back Vladimir Coufal has also been added from the same team.

In terms of areas where West Ham need more players, wide attackers seem far down the list, which makes the link with Walcott somewhat surprising.

The Hammers have Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen as their preferred options in attack, while the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini are all capable of operating from wide roles.

The report suggests that a number of Premier League teams, such as West Ham and Crystal Palace, have touched base with Everton over a loan deal for Walcott, who has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park.

In his day Walcott was a good Premier League player and represented England, but it appears that his powers are on the wane and as such the Hammers fans will be understandably underwhelmed at the transfer link.

West Ham are back in Premier League action on Sunday with a clash against Leicester City, while the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday night.

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