By Tom Blackburn

Liverpool could be on the verge of making an offer for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy despite him seemingly set to join Arsenal, according to reports.

The Gunners have met the £22million release clause in the Footballer of the Year’s Leicester contract, and the deal is just waiting on a decision from Vardy.

However, the Daily Star have claimed that the Merseyside club have been keeping a close eye on Vardy for two years and are ready to join the race.

Vardy scored 24 goals in 36 league appearances this season, and notably broke Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s 13-year-old record of goals in consecutive Premier League matches when he scored in the first 11 matches of the 2015 /16 campaign.

Vardy, who is currently away with the England squad, signed a new £70,000-a-week contract with Leicester in January, and that contained a release clause for clubs in the Champions League, something Liverpool cannot offer.

However a Leicester source told the Daily Star: “We know Vardy is seen as the perfect fit for Liverpool.

“That’s because of his pace, work ethic, ability to run the channels – and goal-scoring ability.”

One potential obstacle for Liverpool is their current abundance of central strikers in Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings, so Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may have to offload one of those strikers before making an offer.

In other Liverpool news, the club have reportedly lined up their two main targets for the summer.