Former Premier League defender Michael Gray has claimed that Everton ‘should have broke the bank’ to sign Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy in last summer’s transfer window.
The Toffees identified Olivier Giroud as their leading target to replace Romelu Lukaku ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, but the Frenchman ultimately remained at Arsenal before joining Chelsea during the January transfer window.
Everton did bring Cenk Tosun to Goodison Park in early 2018, but dropped a lot of points in the first few months of the season due to their struggles in the final third of the field.
Pundit Gray has insisted that the Merseyside club should have made a strong play to sign Vardy last summer instead of focusing all of their attention on Giroud.
Indeed, Vardy has had another impressive campaign at Leicester – scoring 20 times in 38 appearances for the club in all competitions. That said, a number of Everton fans seem to be against the idea of the 31-year-old joining the club.
Gray told talkSPORT:
“They need to bring in a striker who will get them the 20 goals they need.
“Someone like Jamie Vardy, who they should have broke the bank for Vardy in the summer, I don’t understand why they didn’t. He’s man made to play in their team.”
Vardy has managed 17 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Leicester this term, and is almost certain to travel with the England squad to this summer’s World Cup.