Report: Everton preparing bid for Leicester's Jamie Vardy

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton gives intructions to this team during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Manchester,...

Everton are planning to rival Chelsea in the final days of the transfer window for the signing of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Shane Duffy  during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at The King Power Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Leicester,...Jamie Vardy

According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Everton are considering completing their transfer window by rivalling Chelsea for the signature of Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

The Mirror reports that despite bringing Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney through the door this summer, Ronald Koeman remains determined to bolster his goalscoring ranks following the departure of Romelu Lukaku, and Vardy - who is a £40 million-rated target for the champions - appears to be at the top of the Toffees' list.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton gives intructions to this team during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Manchester,...Ronald Koeman

Vardy has begun the new season displaying the kind of form that he showed during the Foxes' stunning title win in 2016, scoring twice in their opening three games.

The Mirror suggests that both Everton and Chelsea are able to offer him better terms than the £100,000 a week deal that he signed with Leicester last summer when Arsenal came calling.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England.

And with former Leicester scout Steve Walsh swapping the King Power Stadium for a director of football role at Goodison Park last year, the Mirror hints that Everton may have a slight advantage over Chelsea in the race.

The Mirror adds that Everton also remain interested in a move for Blues forward Diego Costa - and a loan move for the 28-year-old could potentially be discussed today as the two teams meet at Stamford Bridge.

With £150 million already spent during this window, it would certainly not be out of the question to suggest that Everton will have few qualms about making the kind of bid for Vardy that gives Leicester and the 30-year-old plenty to think about during the final days before the deadline.

And if Vardy is about to enjoy the kind of season that evokes memories of the Foxes' title win - when he scored 24 times - then signing him during the coming days could prove to be a masterstroke from the Toffees, who have undoubtedly enjoyed an incredibly impressive window. 

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