January 19, 2018 / 5:03 PM / 4 months ago

Southampton tried their best to secure Walcott return - Pellegrino

(Reuters) - Southampton did everything they could to sign forward Theo Walcott from Arsenal this month but have the resources to bounce back after the failed transfer, manager Mauricio Pellegrino said on Friday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - December 31, 2017. Arsenal's Theo Walcott arrives before the match. Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

England international Walcott progressed through Southampton’s youth system and made 22 appearances for the Saints before moving to Arsenal in 2006.

After 12 years at the north London outfit, Walcott struggled to seal a first-team slot under Arsene Wenger and was among Southampton’s top targets in the current window but the 28-year-old joined Everton earlier this week.

“I think we did everything to try to bring this possibility here but we have to accept that. It’s part of our job,” Pellegrino told reporters when asked about Walcott’s move.

“When you are in negotiations they are about two parts and we can do nothing.

“Obviously the money is part of the negotiations but I don’t know the reason. We have got in our club is the concern to try and bring a couple of targets... We have got another option and we have to continue with our job.”

Defender Maya Yoshida missed Southampton’s league draw with Watford last weekend due to a hamstring injury and is the only doubt for Pellegrino’s side ahead of Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

“I think Maya will be a part of Saturday’s training session, maybe - but that will be decided tomorrow,” Pellegrino added.

Southampton are winless in 10 league games are a point and a place above the relegation zone while Tottenham are fifth.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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