The second Jools Holland's Hootenanny ends, Theo Walcott's agent will be on the phone negotiating a lucrative Bosman move.
Arsenal, unsurprisingly, need their man (Theo, not Jools) to either sign a new contact pronto or ship out in January, avoiding the prospect of losing him for free.
And as such, the papers are full of daily chatter about where he might end up - today's rags seem convinced he is set for Liverpool.
The Walcott saga is not the normal tale of a player grabbing at money and silverware - you see Theo has a dream. He wants to be Roy of the Rovers. He wants to play up front.
Walcott can beat defenders and he can finish, but that does not make him Thierry Henry.
His skill set is perfectly suited to playing on the right side of a three-pronged attack. Lucky for him, since that system is increasingly fashionable in the Premier League and beyond.
So his desire to play through the middle seems a bit bizarre, doesn't it?
This site has previously featured whinges about players whose only ambition is to win trophies - Scott Sinclair this week insisted he was better off festering on the bench at Man City than actually play matches for Swansea.
He said: "It was great when I was back at Swansea and playing week in, week out and as a player that is what you want to do.
"But at the same time you want to win trophies and play in the Champions League. That is the main thing with me and that is why I left."
And if Sinclair does scrape the 10 substitute appearances required to win a Premier League medal, ED is sure he will be very proud. Far better than contributing something tangible to a mid-table side.
So, with that gripe in mind, ED isn't as bothered as some by Walcott's insistence on playing up front.
Different players have different ambitions, and if Walcott wants to be a striker isn't there something endearingly pure and naive about that?
The problem is - if he really does want a number nine shirt, he probably won't be doing it at a top club.
He has been consistently linked with Manchester United as a Nani replacement.
If you ignore the facts that Walcott cannot match Nani for skill or delivery, and is every bit as inconsistent, it does sound halfway plausible.
United are stashing their pennies in a piggy bank marked 'Glazer Family Retirement Fund', so the idea of £10m for Nani plus Walcott for roughly the same salary might appeal.
But there's no doubt Walcott would be there as a winger.
First of all, nobody tells Fergie what position they want to play. Secondly, Walcott would have to elbow his way in front of Messrs Van Persie, Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez to earn regular football up front. Which he won't.
So let's say there is some substance to today's talk of a move to Liverpool, who are in desperate need of a striker?
True - Brendan Rodgers needs depth. But unless Luis Suarez picks up another lengthy ban for saying something perfectly acceptable in his region of Uruguay, young Theo won't be leading the line on a regular basis.
Nor will he be playing in the Champions League, either this season or next.
Looking further afield, it's true that Juventus could do with a striker. But that's just the problem. Anyone who needs a front man wants someone with a proven goalscoring track record. Walcott has never reached double figures in a league campaign.
In fact, if Theo really wants to play up front he could do worse than to return from whence he came - he could probably get a game for Southampton as a number nine.
However, there is one option. One top club that would be willing to facilitate his conversion from a streaky wide man to a genuine centre forward.
A club whose manager yesterday said this:
"I have always said it is important that he plays in the right position, and that certainly would be through the middle in the future. He showed that again on Tuesday night. The positions on the flanks are changing; you need to do a lot of defending. He should be dedicated more to offensive work. He has good pace, makes excellent, intelligent runs, and what has changed with Theo is he's become a very good finisher."
That manager of course, is Arsene Wenger.
For all Walcott's posturing and contract-based brinksmanship, there is only one leading manager willing to accommodate his positional demands.
The nature of modern football dictates that agents play hardball in contract negotiations. But if Walcott's position is any more than one big bluff, he could be about to make the biggest mistake of his career (ask Joe Cole).
Theo Walcott's next club is Arsenal, and he would be mad to think otherwise.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Good to hear from Kenny Dalglish after all this time. Actually, it isn't. Check out this sanctimonious claptrap about the Luis Suarez saga from an interview with TalkSport: "I was always brought up to tell the truth and what I believed to be the truth, I said. If it ever came up again I would do it differently. I would be less helpful and less forthcoming and I think that is sad."
Less helpful? Less forthcoming? How exactly would Kenny do that?
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