Leicester actively tried to sell 18-goal hero over the summer

Leicester attempted to force Jamie Vardy out of the King Power Stadium exit door over the summer after agreeing a £5m deal with Sheffield Wednesday, according to reports from Football Insider.

The 29-year-old has been, arguably, the most important player in the Foxes’ staggering 2015/16 so far, with his stunning two-goal haul against Liverpool last night having taken his tally to 18 – the highest of any player in the Premier League – while helping the club to establish a three-point buffer at the summit of the table.

He has since been linked with a host of big name teams and Leicester are attempting to tie him down to a new long-term contract, but just six months ago former manager Nigel Pearson reportedly wanted to sell him to Sheffield Wednesday for just £5m.

It’s understood that a fee was agreed with the Championship side and that a deal looked to be on before the club’s Thai owners stepped in late on to block the switch.

Pearson was not convinced Vardy had what it took to perform in the top tier, while the player himself was keen to return to Sheffield – he was born in the city.

Vardy has since thrived under Claudio Ranieri, and appears on course to claim a place in England’s EURO 2016 squad.