West Ham are set to launch a £20million bid for Jamie Vardy despite the Leicester striker stating his desire to stay with the Premier League champions.
The Hammers are keen to test the waters at the King Power Stadium over their star striker but have a slim chance of enticing him away from the Foxes.
Claudio Ranieri will be desperate to hang on to the England international as Vardy has played a significant role in Leicester’s shock Premier League triumph.
Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, under contract until 2019, is also wanted by the east London outfit, with West Ham this week launching a £24m bid for the France international.
Vardy has scored 24 league goals and claimed six assists during Leicester’s fairytale campaign.
The 29-year-old said on Monday that he was ‘happy’ to stay at the recently-crowned English champions.
“We’ve just won the league and will be playing in the Champions League next year. I am happy here,” said Vardy.
Co-chairman David Sullivan has this week revealed his side are stepping up their search for a new striker and Vardy is at the top of the club’s wishlist.
Sullivan revealed on Monday that West Ham will submit bids totalling £50m this week as they pursue a ‘top striker’.
“We’ve put a bid in today for €30m (£24m) for a player and other bids will be going in,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“We’re going to make a £20m or £25m bid for a player in England later this week. Whatever happens we intend to bring a top striker in.”
West Ham have also made an enquiry for Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer transfer window for the club.
Juve are willing to sell Argentina international Pereyra for around £12m.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, Michy Batshuayi at Marseille and Wilfried Bony of Manchester City are also on the list of targets.