Old­ham’s Vard luck story!

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND -

OLD­HAM fans look away now – Jamie Vardy could have been do­ing this for you in­stead of Le­ices­ter if you’d come up with just £30,000!

Then-boss Paul Dickov reg­u­larly went to scout the England man when he was scor­ing for FC Hal­i­fax in the North­ern Pre­mier League, and told the board he wanted to sign the ex-Stocks­bridge Park Steels hit­man.

But Dickov couldn’t get his way – Ath­letic wouldn’t part with what Hal­i­fax wanted and Fleetwood Town nipped in to pinch him in­stead.

The former Bound­ary Park boss re­vealed: “Vardy is sadly for me and for Old­ham the one that got away.

“When he was do­ing well at Hal­i­fax in 2011 I went along a few times. He was a lit­tle raw but I wanted to sign him as I knew he would be­come some­thing.

“I went to the club and said ‘let’s get him' and they came back to me and said £30,000 is too much.He’s cer­tainly worth a bit more than that now!”

A fair bit more. He has been linked with Manch­ester United and Liver­pool with £15m said to not be enough to lure him away from City.

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