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Man United ‘consider shock move for 35-year-old Jamie Vardy’ after ending Marko Arnautovic pursuit

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Manchester United ‘consider shock move for 35-year-old Jamie Vardy’ after ending pursuit of Marko Arnautovic due to fan backlash… as Erik ten Hag desperately searches for new striker

  • Manchester United reportedly want Vardy after pulling out of Arnautovic deal
  • United are also keeping tabs on La Liga duo Alvaro Morata and Raul De Tomas
  • The club are no closer to solving the sage of Cristiano Ronaldo without a taker for the star
  • United urgently need reinforcements in forward areas this summer

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Manchester United are reportedly considering a shock move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as Erik ten Hag continues his search for attacking reinforcements.

United are bottom of the Premier League on a goal difference of minus five after two defeats in their opening two games, including Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing at Brentford.

Ten Hag’s men have scored just one league goal – and it was an own goal – indicating a lack of firepower in the Dutchman’s side and now Vardy, 35, has become a target according to The Athletic.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has emerged as a shock transfer target for Manchester United

United dropped a swoop for Bologna's Marko Arnautovic last week due to fan backlash

United dropped a swoop for Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic last week due to fan backlash

United have turned their attention to Vardy following fan backlash after the club entered talks to sign Marko Arnautovic from Bologna last week.

The move angered sections of the club’s fanbase, leading to bosses opting against a swoop for the Austrian.

Vardy is in his 10th season at the King Power Stadium and it remains to be seen whether a move to Old Trafford would interest the striker at this stage of his career.

The former England international has previously resisted overtures from a so-called top-six club when Arsenal approached Leicester for the striker following the Foxes’ miraculous victory in 2016.

Vardy spent 10 years at the King Power Stadium and won the Premier League title in 2016

Vardy spent 10 years at the King Power Stadium and won the Premier League title in 2016

After considering the decision, Vardy opted to stay at Leicester where he continued to represent the club in the Champions League and Europa League while adding to his trophy case by lifting the FA Cup and Community Shield in 2021.

News of the potentially sensational decision comes just weeks after the ‘Wagatha Christie’ lawsuit involving Jamie’s wife Rebekah and Coleen Rooney, wife of United legend Wayne.

Rebekah Vardy sued Rooney for defamation after accusing Rebekah of leaking “false stories” to the media, with a judge ruling against Rebekah at the High Court last month.

Rooney’s son Kai, 12, is a member of the United academy.

Vardy isn’t the only option for Ten Hag, with United keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata, 29, knows all about the Premier League after a three-year stint at Chelsea between 2017 and 2020.

United could rush for Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid who had a spell at Chelsea in 2017

United could rush for Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid who had a spell at Chelsea in 2017

Espanyol striker Raul De Tomas is on United's radar after two prolific spells at the La Liga club

Espanyol striker Raul De Tomas is on United’s radar after two prolific spells at the La Liga club

Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas is also on United’s radar after an impressive two-year stint at the La Liga club.

De Tomas has netted 45 times in 89 appearances for Espanyol which has had a host of Europe’s top clubs sitting up and taking notice of the 27-year-old.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag doesn’t seem any closer to solving runaway striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.

United are desperate for a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo told the club he wanted to go

United are desperate for a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo told the club he wanted to go

The Portuguese star wants to leave Old Trafford before the transfer window closes so he can play for a club in the Champions League.

But there are currently no takers for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and if he doesn’t walk away he will have no choice but to stay at Old Trafford.

With Marcus Rashford’s future also uncertain, attacking reinforcements are paramount if United are to extricate themselves from their current malaise.

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