Arsenal forward Theo Walcott
has agreed a lucrative contract to join up with Aston Villa after an up-and-down 9 years at North London.
Initially a youngster turned sensation when signed from Southampton in 2006, Walcott's recent career at Arsenal has stalled after he made only 2 league appearances within the last 3 years.
He has also lost a promising England career and his unhappiness at the Emirates has been well-known for years.
Aston Villa have now jumped in and Walcott will make the move to Birmingham for a fee of 8.75 million. The Englishman's arrival will bring serious doubt to the Villa future of Christian Benteke
, the club's top scorer last season - whose contract coincidentally expires at the end of the season. The Belgian has put off signing a contract extension because of wanted "assurances that he was a valued key player of the team".
Villa boss David Beckham
has spent big this season, and with the fee paid for Walcott, Aston Villa have spent 39 million on transfer arrivals in total this window.
Meanwhile, American forward Clint Dempsey
has been off-loaded to Spain with Real Sociedad paying 1 million for the services of the former Tottenham and Fulham man. Dempsey joined Aston Villa in January 2014 and has served the Villans well, making 38 league appearances and scoring 6 goals in a Villa kit. However, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, he has now been sent packing to the La Liga. Thr 32-year-old revealed he "departed on good terms" and "enjoyed my time at Aston Villa thoroughly and I now look forward to a new challenge in Spain".