Leicester City are planning to prevent losing Jamie Vardy in the January transfer window by opening contract talks with the red-hot England international.
This is according to ESPN, who understand the Foxes are prepared to double the 28-year-old’s wages in order to keep him at the King Power Stadium and end speculation that he could leave the club in 2016.
Vardy, who broke the Premier League record for goals scored in consecutive matches at the weekend, has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and even Real Madrid over the past few weeks.
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It’s believed that preliminary talks are now underway between Leicester City, Vardy and his representatives - and the club hope to have a deal agreed before the hectic festive period begins.
Vardy has scored 14 matches in the Premier League so far this season, as Leicester sit joint-top of the Premier League table. It was reported at the weekend that the Foxes would demand £30 million for the striker if he decides he wants to leave the club, but they would much rather keep the player than cash in.
Speculation will intensify if he keeps scoring
If Vardy sustains his current form throughout December, it’s inevitable that speculation linking him with a bigger Premier League club will intensify, regardless of Leicester’s position in the table.
It could be argued that United, Chelsea and Tottenham would all be better off with Vardy - and no doubt they will all be keeping close tabs on the striker’s contract situation over the next few weeks.
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