Everton have held a meeting to discuss potential transfer targets for the summer and have made Leicester forward Jamie Vardy their top priority, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Vardy, 31, is top of Steve Walsh’s shopping list for the summer after the director of football signed him during his time at the King Power in 2012.
It is understood that the former Fleetwood and Halifax striker would jump at the chance to switch to Goodison Park and potentially have a major pay rise on his current £100,000-a-week deal at Leicester to around £150,000-a-week.
Everton have been trying to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku when he quit Merseyside for Manchester United in the summer.
A whole host of strikers have been linked with a move to Goodison since as Sandro Ramirez and Cenk Tosun have failed to reproduce Lukaku’s goal tally since signing.
Vardy is a known lethal finisher in the Premier League and helped Leicester with a shock English title in 2016.
The England international has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 15 goals in the process.
Football Insider verdict
Vardy would be a brilliant signing for Everton but there seems to be a bit of a curse lying around the clubs’ new signings at the moment. Ronald Koeman spent a lot in the summer but barely any of them have managed to improve on their form at previous clubs. Sam Allardyce – who may not even be at Everton come next season – has also failed to offer much improvement in January. Vardy is a known quantity though. Everyone knows that the Toffees will get by snapping him up from Leicester. It would be a very good move by the Merseyside club.