West Ham make Theo Walcott back-up option if they fail to land Arsenal teammate

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West Ham United could turn to Theo Walcott if they fail to lure his teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain away from London rivals Arsenal, according to Bleacher Report.

Bleacher Report insider Dean Jones claims that Slaven Bilic is a big fan of Oxlade-Chamberlain and sees the midfielder as one of his top targets for the summer window.

But Jones adds that the Hammers boss fears that he could be priced out of a move for the 22-year-old, and therefore also has Walcott in his ambitious transfer plans.

According to Jones, Walcott could be allowed to leave the Emirates for the right price and will be targeted by West Ham if they cannot land Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The suggestion that the Gunners would be more willing to sell Walcott than Oxlade-Chamberlain is interesting when both have had equally disappointing seasons.

Walcott, 27, started with a flurry of early goals as a central striker, but has since been shifted to the wing and has not started any of Arsenal’s last five Premier League matches.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has only started nine himself, scoring one goal – more than he managed in the whole of 2015 – and has missed the last nine matches through injury.

Both of their careers are stuttering, but it could be his youth why Arsene Wenger is more willing to persist with Oxlade-Chamberlain than his fellow England international.

Although, West Ham may have something to say about that as they prepare for what could be a busy summer, readying themselves for their move to the Olympic Stadium.

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