By Danny Wright
Everton are readying a “shock” swoop for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Toffees are looking to hijack Chelsea’s £40million move for Vardy, 30, as Ronald Koeman believes that the England international could be the last piece of the jigsaw and fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku.
It is understood that Vardy knows that Everton and Chelsea would offer him wages higher than his current £100,000-a-week deal at the King Power Stadium, which was signed last year after he turned down the chance to sign for Arsenal.
The 16-times England international has been in hot form for Leicester over the past few seasons and was also part of the miraculous Premier League winning season of 2015/16.
He scored 16 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions last season and has found the net twice in three matches this term.
The Mirror adds that Chelsea outcast Diego Costa is also an option for the Merseyside club with a potential loan deal in the offing.
It is said that Koeman could discuss a possible move for the Spanish international on Sunday when Everton and Chelsea meet in the Premier League.
Football Insider Verdict
Vardy would be a brilliant addition to the Everton squad and could easily get a good amount of goals this season to cover up the void left by Lukaku. However £40million is a lot of money for a team who has already spent £150million this summer and with Vardy now 30-years-old, it could be a bit of a risk for someone that you might only be able to get a couple of seasons out of. Vardy would be a short-term fix rather than a long-term solution, however Koeman appears to already have that in Sandro Ramirez, who should start firing on all cylinders once he reaches peak fitness and adapts to the English game.