Everton interested in Arsenal forward
were recently credited with an interest in the Gunners attacker, but according to The Mail, the Toffees have jumped ahead in the pursuit of the former Saints graduate.
Newly-appointed Toffees manager
had featured Walcott in his only game in charge of England, and he is seemingly keen on a reunion with Walcott to add more pace to the sluggish attack.
The 28-year-old has started six games in the Europa League and EFL Cup this term, but he has been restricted to just three substitute appearances in the English top-flight.
Walcott, who is currently on a £110,000 a week, has made nearly 400 appearances for
since arriving from
as a 16-year-old in January 2006.