Manchester City and Liverpool will seize on Theo Walcott’s plea to play up front to try to lure him away from Arsenal.

Up front: City and Liverpool ready to lure Theo Walcott with striker's role

By Matt Law

Both Liverpool and City are ready to promise ­Walcott a role in a rotating strike-force that will give him more chances to score if his contract stand-off is not resolved.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that Walcott should be given a chance to play in his preferred position as central striker.

Walcott’s current deal, runs out next summer. The 23-year-old wants to stay at Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has hinted the club will sell him in January if no new contract has been agreed.

Wenger has already warned Walcott will have to wait for a chance up front and the club are unwilling to increase their £80,000-a-week contract offer.

Although Arsenal often play with a front three, ­Walcott is only used on the wings and is not rotated into the middle.

Liverpool and City see Walcott playing as part of a strike-force who all swap positions throughout the game and have the licence to move inside.

At Liverpool, Walcott could comfortably play in a rotating front three with Luis Suarez and either Fabio Borini or Raheem Sterling. He could also play off either Suarez or Borini as a two.

City are prepared to tell Walcott he can play in a three with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, or operate in a two with either Edin Dzeko or Mario Balotelli.