Liverpool and Leicester City battle for potent Premier League star, ideal Vardy backup

Liverpool and Leicester City will go head-to-head in a battle to land Southampton striker Shane Long, according to the Irish Independent.

The Republic of Ireland striker has been in fantastic form on the South Coast for the past few months, emerging as a continually probing nuisance to defences as well as a palpable goal threat.

His naturally highly energetic game would seemingly be a good fit for either side, though the Foxes are thought to have contacted intermediaries over a potential deal.

While Jamie Vardy is the star striker at the King Power Stadium, they are believed to view the 29-year old Saints ace as an ideal alternative ahead of their Champions League adventure.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is also understood to have run the rule over the former Hull City forward as he plots his transfer moves ahead of his first summer in charge at Anfield.