Shinji Okazaki backs Jamie Vardy's Arsenal move, admits he can understand lure

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

The Leicester City forward believes his Foxes teammate would be a big hit at the Emirates Stadium if he decides to move to London.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki applaud fans after the game

Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki has told Kyodo News, as quoted by the Japan Times, that he can understand why Jamie Vardy might want to move to Arsenal and backed his teammate to be a success at the Emirates Stadium if the move goes through.

Reports in recent days have suggested that the Gunners have made an offer of around £20 million which is thought to have activated an alleged release clause in the England striker's contract.

That has left the ball firmly in Vardy's court, with the 29-year-old mulling over his decision as he flies out with the rest of the Three Lions squad to France ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 opener against Russia.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

Okazaki, who had the unenviable task of competing with Vardy for an attacking spot for the Foxes this season, believes the striker who has scored 27 goals in 45 appearances for club and country this season would be a fine fit at Arsenal and could understand his teammate choosing to leave the newly-crowned champions for the Gunners.

The Japanese international told Kyodo News, via Japan Times: "It is difficult to say what I would do if I were in his position. Arsenal have not won the league for a long time and that is maybe a dream he has.

"He has won the league with Leicester and if he led Arsenal to the title rather than try and help Leicester defend it, then his stock would rise even further.

England's Jamie Vardy

"I think he has the potential to adapt to any style of soccer. He has that sudden burst of speed and there are a lot of players at Arsenal who will notice that right away and play to that strength of his. He can adjust to any style."

Losing Vardy would be a huge blow for Claudio Ranieri's side but would be an equally big boost for an Arsenal side who suffered so dearly from Olivier Giroud's four-month league goal drought in 2016.

As Okazaki hinted, the prospect of being the star of the show in a title-winning side for the second season in a row may be too tantalising for Vardy to resist, particularly at a traditionally larger club than the Foxes.

He is expected to make his decision on the move before the European Championship kicks off later this week.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

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