West Ham United’s hopes of signing Theo Walcott have taken a blow, according to reports today.

The Sun is reporting that Theo Walcott would prefer to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place rather than complete a move to West Ham United.

West Ham had identified Walcott as a potential summer signing as they look to solve their striker crisis.

With persistent injuries to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, West Ham are looking to add one or two goal scoring strikers, preferably with Premier League experience.

Theo Walcott fits the bill as a versatile forward, who can operate as a central striker or as a winger and he also fits Slaven Bilic’s preferred profile of a speedy attacker.

However, the 28-year-old has vowed to stay in North London and fight for his place despite the signing of Alexandre Lacazette and the expected arrival of Monaco star Thomas Lemar.

The England international was a £20m target for the Hammers but it looks like West Ham will now have to consider alternative options.

Walcott has been with Arsenal for eleven years since joining from Southampton and enjoyed a successful campaign in 2016/17, scoring 19 goals in 42 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions.