Everton's task of signing Jamie Vardy has just become even harder

Jamie Vardy (C) of Leicester City competes for the ball against Cedric Soares (R) and Virgil van Dijk (L) of Southampton compete for the ball during the Premier League match between...

Everton are said to have made Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy their top summer transfer target.

Jamie Vardy (C) of Leicester City competes for the ball against Cedric Soares (R) and Virgil van Dijk (L) of Southampton compete for the ball during the Premier League match between...

According to the Daily Mirror, Leicester City have devised a plan to play Jack Grealish behind Jamie Vardy next season, which could make Everton’s task of signing the striker even more difficult.

The Mirror have suggested that Everton have made Vardy their number one target ahead of the summer transfer window.

However, getting a deal over the line, looks a lot more difficult, as Vardy is so central to Leicester’s plans.

Jamie Vardy of England celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the friendly match between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

The Foxes hierarchy are excited about the potential partnership that Vardy could form with Grealish next term, if they can sign the attacking midfielder from Aston Villa.

And, if Claude Puel does want those two working in tandem, then it will be very difficult for Everton to persuade Leicester to sell.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester in action during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Although Everton are likely to have money to invest this summer, Vardy is now 31, and they will not want to overspend on a player with little re-sale value.

And if Vardy remains central to Leicester’s plan, as has been suggested, then Everton may already have to be searching for other strike targets.

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