Holloway joins Vardy admirers

Jamie Vardy slots the ball past Mark Howard for Fleetwood's goal
Jamie Vardy slots the ball past Mark Howard for Fleetwood's goal
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FLEETWOOD boss Micky Mellon won’t want to hear it, but hotshot Jamie Vardy can count the Seasiders among a growing list of clubs who may fancy trying to sign him.

Ian Holloway refused to rule out a bid for the frontman, who fired his 18th goal of the season when he outpaced Alex Baptiste and blasted a low shot beyond Mark Howard in Fleetwood’s FA Cup defeat to Blackpool.

Vardy, who celebrates his 25th birthday on Wednesday, is being linked with a number of clubs, most notably Championship big boys West Ham.

It is a headache for Fleetwood boss Mellon, who desperately wants to keep the striker as he tries to guide the club into the Football League.

Holloway agrees that Fleetwood should try their best to keep hold of a player who can fire them to success.

But asked if he was interested in Vardy, Holloway didn’t rule it out.

He said: “I don’t want to be disrespectful. If I am interested in him, then I will talk to the right people.

“But what a wonderful player, and it makes you wonder why clubs didn’t sign him up sooner. He looked a class act. I have never seen anyone run as beautifully in my life.

“You have to give Micky credit. Micky is the kind of manager who is able to make his players feel as though they are 16 feet tall and obviously his work with that boy has made him what he is.

“They are lucky to have him and if they keep hold of him, God knows where they could end up.

“It is difficult when bigger clubs come after your players. I experienced that myself with Charlie Adam last year.

“There will be sharks swimming around trying to bite pieces out of Vardy and take him away.

“You’ve just got to give Andy Pilley and Micky Mellon credit for getting a wonderful asset at their football club.

“I thought he was terrific on Saturday. It was a great test for him but he was a thorn in our side for the 90 minutes.

“I felt we handled him almost as well as I would have wanted to, but he is certainly a fantastic prospect.”

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When told of Holloway’s comments, Vardy himself said: “I’m obviously very flattered. He’s a very well respected manager. I just want to make sure I always play the best I can.”

Vardy refuses to be distracted by the transfer rumours linking him to other clubs, including West Ham and Celtic.

He said: “I’m not paying any attention to it. I won’t let it affect me.

“I’ve just got to concentrate on doing things right here and hopefully winning promotion at the end of the season.

“The spirit in the camp is superb and everyone knows we’ve played well. Now we’re looking forward to the Barrow game.”