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Jamie Carragher names Jamie Vardy to Leicester as the "greatest transfer in football history"

Carragher believes Leicester's £1m signing of Vardy is the best ever
Carragher believes Leicester's £1m signing of Vardy is the best ever / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Jamie Carragher believes Leicester's £1m signing of Jamie Vardy is the best transfer in football history.

The Foxes signed Vardy from non-league club, Fleedwood Town in 2012. The England international has gone on to become one of the most brilliant strikers in world football, scoring 13 goals in 22 games so far this season.

Vardy had gone on to win the Golden Boot, the Premier League Player of the Season award, and the Premier League title itself with Leicester. And Carragher has claimed that "there may never be a better transfer."

"There may never be a better transfer than Vardy's from Fleetwood Town to Leicester - not just in the Premier League era, but in football history," Carragher explained in his column for the Telegraph.

"I am always reluctant to definitively declare anyone or anything is 'the best ever'. It can only be a matter of opinion. But if you were compiling a list of the greatest, most influential signings and judging it on value for money, who eclipses Vardy?"

"We can talk about many transfers which changed the course of Premier League history, such as Eric Cantona joining Manchester United, Dennis Bergkamp to Arsenal, Yaya Toure or David Silva moving to Manchester City, or Virgil van Dijk joining Liverpool," added Carragher.

"They were established, international players and household names heading to clubs already building towards titles - the finishing touch to emerging teams. The Vardy story stands alone in that he joined Leicester for £1 million directly from non-league football and defied expectations.

"Whenever the story of English football is told to future generations, they will talk about Leicester before and after Vardy's arrival."