sport news Sean Dyche jokes that Watford were in for Jamie Vardy before he joined Leicester

'We offered £2.97 and some boots, some balls and bibs at the time': Sean Dyche jokes that Watford were in for Jamie Vardy before he joined Leicester for £1m from National League Burnley travel to take on high-flying Leicester in Saturday Premier League clash  Sean Dyche has praised Jamie Vardy, who joined Foxes from leicester in 2012  He was Watford boss at the time and said they were considering signing Vardy

By Phil Medlicott, Press Association

Published: 23:17 BST, 17 October 2019 | Updated: 23:17 BST, 17 October 2019

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche has expressed his admiration for Jamie Vardy and the 'big gamble' that took the striker to Leicester seven years ago.

Vardy joined the Foxes for a fee believed to be in the region of £1million in May 2012 after helping Fleetwood win what is now known as the National League.

The 32-year-old has gone on to score over 100 goals for Leicester, star in their unforgettable Premier League title triumph of 2015-16 and play 26 times for England.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche wanted to sign Jamie Vardy when he was managing Watford

Burnley boss Sean Dyche wanted to sign Jamie Vardy when he was managing Watford

The Leicester star moved to the Foxes for £1million from the National League in 2012

The Leicester star moved to the Foxes for £1million from the National League in 2012

Dyche had a year-long stint in charge at Watford - his first managerial role - finish in July 2012 before becoming Burnley boss in October.

At his press conference ahead of the Clarets' trip to Leicester on Saturday, Dyche spoke about Vardy and Burnley forward Ashley Barnes, another player who has gone from non-league to the top flight.

Regarding the former, he said: 'Leicester (who were, like Burnley and Watford, a Championship club at the time) took a big gamble. I think (then Leicester boss) Nigel Pearson paid a million quid at the time, and that is out of non-league.

'We (Watford) were in for him - but we were in for him for about two-and-a-half quid I think! We offered £2.97 and some boots, some

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