Jamie Vardy is available to Champions League clubs although his personal demands are likely to remain out of West Ham’s reach.
The 29 year old is understood to have a £25m release trigger in his contract and the Irons are ready to pay the fee.
Any talking cannot take place until after the transfer window opens and it is well known that the club has had him on the radar but with one more bumper deal in prospect the Hammers are set to be priced out of that market.
We understand that a minimum £100k a week plus first team appearance bonuses would be involved and that could rise to as high as £125k plus.
Vardy has regularly pledged loyalty to the Foxes but the fact he can be prised away for a cut price fee will alert Premier League rivals.
Vardy’s release clause is reported as having been inserted into the contract he signed in February, and he was also apparently extensively scouted by Manchester City during his 24-goal Premier League campaign.