When a Premier League striker scores 24 goals in a single league season, it’s hardly surprising to see other clubs attempt to sign him in the following transfer window.
That’s exactly the case with Jamie Vardy.
The 29-year-old is on the verge of joining Arsenal after the Gunners triggered his release clause but it seems that Arsene Wenger wasn’t the only man interested in signing him.
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West Ham’s co-chairman David Sullivan has been very open about who he plans on signing this summer and last month admitted he was confident of securing a “top class forward” this summer.
Then today, Sullivan, admitted that the Hammers were keen to sign Vardy but were put off by the ‘potty’ money they would have had to spend.
Sullivan on Vardy
"It was reported that one of our targets was Jamie Vardy, and while it is true that we would have loved to have had him, the numbers being talked about in a potential move to Arsenal show that the market is going potty," Sullivan told the club's website.
"It is safe to say that signing him would have smashed our current wage structure and we are determined to buy players with good value in this mad market."
Sky Sports have reported that Arsenal have triggered the £20 million clause for Vardy but it hasn’t been reported the wage demands of the England international - although it’s believed he was earning £80,000-per-week at the King Power Stadium.
After missing out on Vardy, West Ham are working hard to secure an alternative striker. They have already had bids for Carlos Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson turned down and Sky Sports claim that they are also interested in Michy Batshuayi and Christian Benteke.
Working hard on transfers
Sullivan has insisted that the club are desperate to bring in players over the coming months and have already made five bids of players.
"We're working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make this happen, and with five bids in for players at the moment, we are hopeful that we can bring you some exciting news soon,” he said.
Slaven Bilic’s side have already announced their first summer purchase - Norway international Havard Nordtveit - and Sullivan is confident that their recent good transfer record will be repeated this year.
"We have done that exceptionally well in recent years, with the likes of Winston Reid, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini vindicating this approach," Sullivan said.
"All of those players have gone on to become stars of our team and you can rest assured that we will be bringing players in this summer who will prove to be just as influential."