Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be putting together a shocking move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, according to ESPN.
Vardy has been comfortably the best forward in the Premier League since the start of the season, and already has 10 goals to his name.
Even more impressively, Vardy has scored in seven consecutive Premier League games, which puts him in a category alongside a very select group of players.
Would it work?
At first, it seems ridiculous that either club would come calling for a player who was only playing for Fleetwood Town in 2012.
However, Vardy has been in incredible form since the start of the season.
He also seems to fit into both Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred systems.
Klopp would be delighted to have a striker with such incredible pressing and running ability to spearhead his forward line.
Pochettino could use him to alternate with Harry Kane, given the lack of options currently available to him.
However, it remains to be seen if Vardy is the real deal or whether this is just a sudden run of form.
Liverpool have been burned before, signing Rickie Lambert last season before quickly realising he was not good enough for a club the size of the Anfield side.
It’s hard to see Vardy carrying this on much longer, and even if he does, he currently has a perfect foil behind him in Riyad Mahrez.
Both clubs might do better looking at the playmaking midfielder, who was an underrated part of the run that kept Leicester in the Premier League last season.
Furthermore, considering the massive premium they will both pay for Vardy at this point, it might be worth considering finding the next Vardy rather than taking a punt on a 28-year-old.
Klopp said as much when introduced as Liverpool manager – that he prefers to find players like Robert Lewandowski, who he signed for less than £1 million while at Borussia Dortmund, than signing players for big money.
Vardy is under contract at Leicester for another three years.
However, there is no way he’ll be earning as much at the King Power Stadium as he would at either Anfield or White Hart Lane.
To an extent, this could just be an attempt by Vardy or his representatives to increase his wages ahead of a January window in which the Foxes will be incredibly worried about losing him.
Vardy is in a more powerful position for negotiation than at any other point in his career, and could secure a contract to set him up for the rest of his life.
On the other hand, it is really not surprising to hear that top sides are chasing Vardy, who has been exceptional over the calendar year.
Neither club would be particularly foolish to sign him, so this might be one that brews as we approach January.
Rumour rated: 3/5