Liverpool ready to hijack Arsenal’s impending transfer deal for top attacking target

According to reports from The Daily Star, Liverpool are ready to hijack Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

The 29-year-old fired the Foxes to last season’s title with 24 goals in 36 appearances, including a record-breaking run of netting in ten consecutive Premier League fixtures.

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That form has earned the England international the FWA Footballer of the Year award, a star slot in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad and potentially a lucrative move to Champions League regulars Arsenal.

Indeed, the Gunners activated the former non-leaguer’s £20million release clause last week, although he’s unlikely to make a decision on his future until after the European Championship in France.

According to The Daily Star, however, Liverpool have emerged as surprise late comers in the battle for Vardy’s signature, with Leicester City also hoping to tie him down to an improved contract.

The British tabloid claim the Reds have been tracking Vardy since Leicester’s promotion to the top flight in summer 2014 and quote a Foxes source as saying; “We know Vardy is seen as the perfect fit for Liverpool. That’s because of his pace, work ethic, ability to run the channels – and goal-scoring ability.”

The Anfield outfit would have to offload a striker before moving for the former Fleetwood Town man, with Belgian battering ram Christian Benteke the obvious candidate.