Southampton want to sign Theo Walcott on free permanent transfer at end of season after impressive Everton loan

SOUTHAMPTON are keen to sign Theo Walcott permanently in the summer after being wowed by his performances and attitude this season.

Saints are generally hunting younger reinforcements as they plan for the future.

But club bosses are willing to make an exception for loanee Walcott.

The 47-cap England star, now 32, will be a free agent when his Everton contract expires in June.

Walcott has impressed since arriving from Goodison Park in January.

The flying winger set up Nathan Redmond’s winner against Burnley on Sunday.

Ralph Hasenhuttl would also like to revisit a loan move for Manchester United whizkid Brandon Williams.

The Saints boss wants more depth in the full-back areas and likes Williams’ ability to play both on the left and right.

Hasenhuttl tried to loan Williams, 20, from United in January but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to let him go.

Southampton are hopeful Solskjaer will reconsider his stance for next season.


Williams has started just three games under the Norwegian boss this term.

Brentford’s Rico Henry is another name Saints could consider this summer.

Southampton's chances would be particularly boosted if the Bees fail to win promotion and Ryan Bertrand walks away on a free.

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