Ally McCoist has revealed only Glasgow Rangers’ financial situation prevented him from signing Jamie Vardy before he moved to Leicester City.
Vardy has blossomed into one of the best strikers in the Premier League since moving to the Foxes. He has scored 99 goals in the English top flight, has fired the Midlands outfit to a Premier League title and even has a record for scoring in the most consecutive matches (11).
However, it could have been a very different story according to McCoist. He explained on talkSPORT (via The Herald):
“I remember looking at him when he was at Fleetwood and I was at Rangers. I couldn’t get the money to get him.
“I had John Brown, my chief scout, look at him two or three times. It was an absolute no-brainer but we couldn’t get the money to get him.
“He’s been fantastic. We couldn’t get the money at that time, it was amazing. And we weren’t talking a lot of money, it was unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable.
“That’s just more the position our club was in at that particular time, to tell you the truth.
“Thankfully for Jamie, he made the correct decision and never let me anywhere near him.”
At the time, Vardy had been lethal with Fleetwood, scoring a huge 31 goals in 36 games in the Conference, whilst also providing 17 assists as well. In the end, Leicester spent £1m on him, making him the most expensive non-league player of all time.
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Now valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt and with 26 England caps to his name, it is arguably the best £1m Leicester have ever spent. For McCoist and the Gers, though, they may just have to think of what might have been.
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