West Ham United have no interest in signing Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite both players reaching a crossroads in their respective careers. Jack Sullivan, son of co-owner David, has responded to recent media reports by confirming via Twitter that neither player are on the Hammers' radar.
Sullivan Snr has already stated that the east London side, who will start next term at the Olympic Stadium, are ready to splash £30m on a new 20-goal-a-season striker as the club look to bolster their squad ahead of a season in the Europa League. Bids for Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson have been rejected, but the club have signed Norway international Håvard Nordtveit.
According to Sullivan Jr, who has his own blog on West Ham's official website after he gained notoriety for providing several updates regarding the club's transfer dealings via social media, has it on good authority that neither Walcott nor Oxlade-Chamberlain are among the players being tracked. Sullivan has spoken with his father and says Slaven Bilic's team are looking at other targets.
He wrote: "Just spoke to dad, we are not interested in Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain!"
Walcott has been continually linked with a move away from Arsenal after he failed to make a single Premier league start during the final four months of the season – a run that saw him miss out on a place in England's 23-man squad for the European Championships.
The Evening Standard understand West Ham were planning a £25m bid for Walcott this summer in an attempt to revive a career that has hit the buffers in recent seasons. The 27-year-old is said to be disillusioned by the lack of opportunities towards the end of the campaign and could be shifted further down the pecking order if Arsenal complete the signing of Jamie Vardy from Leicester City.
Oxlade-Chamberlain meanwhile was linked with a move to West Ham in April, according to The Mirror, but as he continues to nurse a knee injury that ruled him out of Euro 2016, his future remains on ice. The ex-Southampton youngster made just nine Premier League appearances last term and saw Alex Iwobi leapfrog him in the pecking order at Arsenal.