Southampton have signed Everton winger Theo Walcott on loan, after the Merseyside club landed Ben Godfrey from Norwich.

With new signing James Rodriguez having made the wide-right spot his own thanks to an excellent start to his Goodison Park career, Walcott’s first-team chances looked like being limited.

The 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and when a return to boyhood club Southampton was offered, the former England winger seized the chance for regular first-team football.

Norwich announced they had received a club-record fee for Godfrey, whose deal ties him to Everton until the end of June 2025.

The 22-year-old made 30 appearances for the relegated Canaries in the Premier League last season, and had been linked to a number of top-flight clubs this transfer window.

The centre-back completed a medical with the Premier League leaders over the weekend before the deal was announced on Monday morning.

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