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Hasenhuttl explains reasons as deal is reached to sign Theo Walcott permanently

Theo Walcott is on the brink of securing a permanent return to Southampton after they reached “an agreement in principle” with Everton.

Walcott has spent the 2020/21 season on loan at St Mary’s and is now set to put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

Having started his career at Southampton, the move sees Walcott secure a permanent move back to his first club.

And the 32-year-old former England forward could not hide his delight after the news was made public.

“I’m not sure I can properly express how happy I am about this,” Walcott said.

“Southampton is a club that means so much to me. 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.”

Walcott made his debut for Saints at the age of just 16 in 2005. He then signed for Arsenal in a £12million deal and amassing 47 England caps.

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Hasenhuttl praises Walcott influence

Walcott has impressed Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who explained the move to the club’s media channels.

“Theo has been a very good influence for us this season,” the Austrian said.

“He is a very professional player who does things in the right way. He has a very positive impact not only on our young players but on the dressing room as a whole.”

Walcott has been used in a central attacking role on occasions this season.

He has three goals and three assists from 23 appearances for Saints this season. He will hope to celebrate his permanent move with a win against Leeds at St Mary’s on Tuesday evening.

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