Marco Silva is looking to raid Leicester City in a bid to solve Everton’s striker dilemma with Jamie Vardy, according to The Mirror.
The former England striker, who told Gareth Southgate in the summer that he feels the time is right to step back from international duty, is being lined up by the Toffees as a potential recruit in January after opting not to sign a proven goal scorer in the last transfer window.
At present, Vardy remains a part of Claude Puel’s Leicester squad and was called on as a second half substitute in his side’s one-all draw at home to a 10-man West Ham, who lost Mark Noble after 38 minutes to a straight red card.
Despite featuring for most of the second half in the Saturday evening fixture and starting against Arsenal on Monday night, Vardy’s relationship with his manager has become the focus in recent weeks.
Everton’s quest for a new hitman at Goodison Park may become the exit route Vardy needs should Puel remain in charge at the King Power Stadium.
If Everton have any hopes of signing the striker who netted 20 times in 37 starts last season, the Merseyside club would need to shell out an expected £25million, according to The Mirror.
At present, Transfermarkt only value the centre forward at £18million but either that or The Mirror’s figure would still seem like value for money on Everton’s side.
Vardy’s pace would work perfectly alongside the style of play Silva is attempting to develop at Goodison Park with the likes of Andre Gomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison.
Adding the pace of the striker from Sheffield, who represented his country on 26 occasions, would give the side a developed product up top that ensures goals rather than risk the inconsistency of Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.