Everton are ready to rival Chelsea for the £40million signing of Jamie Vardy, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Leicester City striker emerged as a shock target for Chelsea last week, with manager Antonio Conte desperate to significantly bolster his squad during the final week of the transfer window.
Conte his hoping to beat Liverpool to the services of Arsenal contract rebel Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and agree a fee with Leicester for England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, although both parties are currently said to be £10million apart in their valuation of the player.
Chelsea also maintain an interest in Everton’s Ross Barkley who has been deemed surplus to requirements by Ronaldo Koeman.
Vardy almost joined Arsenal last summer before performing a late U-turn and signing a new long-term contract but could have his head turned by two of this summer’s biggest Premier League spenders.
Everton are looking to reinvest the money they received from Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku and have already smashed their club record for Gylfi Sigurdsson as well as recruiting the likes of Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney.
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The Merseyside club are said to believe they could be at an advantage in their attempts to land Vardy, given former Leicester talent spotter Steve Walsh is now director of football at Goodison Park.