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In curious move that will probably anger players and fans alike, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood appears to be interested in signing Leicester City’s £15 million striker Jamie Vardy.
According to the Mirror, Sherwood is looking for more firepower at the forward position – which he will absolutely need considering that the potential bidders for superstar striker Christian Benteke include Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – and has Vardy at the top of his list at Leicester City’s reasonable asking price.
The 28-year-old Vardy famously scored an incredible 31 goals in just 36 Conference Premier appearances with Fleetwood Town in 2011-12, and later signed with Leicester City when they were still in the Championship Football League. After a disappointing first season with Leicester City, Vardy showed off his skill with an incredible 16-goal season for the Foxes that helped them win promotion to the Premier League. But Vardy regressed again in his first year in the Premier League, scoring just 5 goals in 34 appearances. Nonetheless, Vardy gained his fair share of credit for helping the Foxes escape relegation and finish in the top 15 on the table after spending multiple weeks at No. 20.
Aston Villa fans, however, most notably remember Vardy as the man who made the vicious tackle on Ashley Westwood (pictured above) back in December that knocked the Villans midfielder out of action for over a month.
Tim Sherwood’s pursuit of Vardy means either he’s eager to find a quick replacement for Benteke, who is commanding massive bids, or – should Aston Villa and Benteke reach an agreement for his return – a partner who can do considerably more than Agbonlahor and Charles N’Zogbia.