West Ham are ready to test a reported release clause in Jamie Vardy's Leicester contract and offer £25million for his services, reports The Sun.
Co-owner David Sullivan yesterday claimed that he was preparing to offer the same amount for a player based in England. Reports have since suggested that he was talking about Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Liverpool's Christian Benteke.
But this new report from the tabloid newspaper suggests that it is Vardy who has caught the eye of Slaven Bilic's men. The 29-year-old has been the star of the show during Leicester's incredible Premier League triumph, scoring 24 goals across the campaign.
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The Hammers are looking to invest heavily this summer and kick off their first season in the Olympic Stadium with a bang. Vardy would represent something of a marquee signing for them so they have decided to throw in the audacious offer.
Vardy signed an improved contract with the Foxes in February, tying him down to the King Power Stadium until 2019. Such a deal would see him in a blue shirt for the remainder of his prime years but sources have claimed there is a release clause written into it.
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The England international was given a bumper pay rise in that contract with his wages going up to £80,000-a-week. But West Ham are hoping to coax him away from the Premier League champions with a significant increase on those terms.
A long-term package worth £120,000-a-week would surely tempt a player who has only recently found himself in the elite band of earners in the Premier League. However, he will also have to say goodbye to Champions League football for at least another season.
Sullivan and fellow owner David Gold are determined to turn West Ham into a Champions League club and genuinely believe they can offer Vardy a better chance of winning more silverware than Leicester. True that may be, but neither club can claim to be favourites for major honours ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Happy at Leicester
The bid, however, appears doomed to fail as Vardy has already declared he is happy to stay under the stewardship of Claudio Ranieri.
"I have just won the League and will be playing in the Champions League next year," Vardy declared, as he launched his V9 Academy on Monday.
"I am happy here. It has been said before and I will say it again, we are literally all like brothers. We are not just once you leave the training ground that's it, you're not going to see them until the next day.
"We are constantly talking to each other, going out for meals. I think in our dressing room, that is the main thing that has got us where we are.
"There are going to be names thrown into the hat all summer, but with the group of lads that we have got, and obviously winning the league, and with Champions League football next year, you would hope that would keep us all together."
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