Southampton confirm permanent Walcott deal
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Southampton confirm permanent Walcott deal

Following the expiration of his Everton contract next month, Southampton have confirmed that Theo Walcott will join the club on a permanent basis.

The 32-year-old, a two-time FA Cup winner, returned to the Saints last summer after a 14-year absence, joining on a season-long loan from Everton.

Despite missing a few months due to a hamstring injury, he has three goals and three assists in 24 games across all competitions.

When his Toffees contract expires in June, the winger has agreed to sign a two-year agreement with the Saints, according to the club.

“I’m not sure I can properly express how happy I am about this,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

“Southampton is a club that means so much to me, and it has been incredibly special for me to have spent this season back at St Mary’s.

“But to now have the opportunity to return for a further two years means such a great deal to me, both personally and professionally.”

Despite the fact that the England international is past his prime, he has been an important player for boss Ralph Hasenhuttl this season.

The former Arsenal midfielder has been a regular starter in the Premier League this season, scoring his first goal at St Mary's since 2006 in a 3-1 victory over Fulham.

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