‘Disappointing’: Manager admits Southampton ace wanted to leave


Press director Paul Ince said it was Southampton’s fault that Theo Walcott wanted to join the Premier League before the deal was completed, speaking to Berkshire Live.

On Thursday evening, Nathan Redmond announced his departure from the South East club. The former England U21 international joined Turkish giants Besiktas on a short-term deal after falling out of favor under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Another elusive wide man, however, will have to wait until the New Year if he wants to follow Redmond out the door.

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Walcott has yet to play a minute of Premier League football this season in 2021/22. And the 33-year-old, who is regarded as Southampton’s biggest earner on £75,000-a-week, has no choice now but to fight for his place at St Mary’s after trying out and Reading without releasing Walcott from life in the shadows.

“We were close to getting a deal for Theo Walcott,” Ince said.

“I spoke to him. We had a good conversation. But we have one year left at Southampton and we can’t do the figures, it’s sad because the boy wanted to come.

“And now it’s a case of those who are out there on the loose.”

Theo Walcott stuck with Southampton after missing out on the Championship

Reading, despite their off-the-field stories, continues to mislead prospects at the second level. One of the pre-season figures is that they are currently third in the table, just two points off league leaders Sheffield United after winning five of their first eight games in the new war.

Walcott is also on deadline day for Cardiff City. Furthermore, a West Brom side that performed better than expected despite some of the summer arrivals.

Per Telephone reporter John Percy, the Baggies could bring Tom Rogic to the Hawthorns. The Australian international, a talented striker with a penchant for impressing, is available after leaving Celtic in the summer.

“We are very sad to see Tom and Nir (Bitton) leave the club. We fully respect their decision to seek different challenges,” said the Celtic coach. Ange Postecoglou in May.

“Besides their great talent, Tom and Nir have been great guys who have supported me this year. Of course, we will miss them.

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