Football transfer rumours: Jamie Vardy to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is dancing barefoot in the grass

Manchester United’s interest in Alexis Sánchez may be the lead story in most newspaper sports sections – even if, as the Express puts it, “the general belief, both at Old Trafford and the Emirates, remains that City are strong favourites to sign him” – but the Telegraph goes not one but two better, revealing that José Mourinho has also enquired about Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and West Ham’s former Old Trafford favourite Javier Hernández – and that he didn’t stop there, with “a range of strikers” under consideration. Vardy, they say, would cost at least £35m but would need the express permission of the Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, before he departs, while the Hammers would seek to recoup the £17m they lavished on Hernández in the summer, nearly £10m more than United sold him for less than three years ago. David Moyes, however, seems determined to get rid of the Mexican – Los Angeles FC are also keen – and is lining up Krasnodar’s Fyodor Smolov as a replacement.

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