Anfield side chase Ibrox goal machine.
Liverpool are in pole position to sign Nikica Jelavic as English interest in the Croatia striker intensifies, BBC Scotland understands.
Premier League rivals Fulham and Championship outfit West Ham have been in contact about the 26-year-old.
Responding to interest from West Ham, Rangers boss Ally McCoist said: “They’ve not made an official bid.
“The reported amount would not be enough to meet the demands of the owner – £6m is not nearly enough.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Liverpool could well do with an attacking addition this month as they continue to be without banned striker Luis Suarez and a move for Nikica Jelavic may well be a relatively inexpensive way to beef up the Anfield attack. The 26 year old Croatian international has been a big success since his move to Ibrox in August 2010, netting 36 goals in 54 appearances for the Glasgow side and helping Rangers to an SPL title in his first season at the club.
Kenny Dalglish has been unable to get the most out of £35m signing Andy Carroll, who has scored just six goals in 31 games in his first year at the club, and has on occasion turned to veterans Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy for extra support but clearly neither the Dutch or Welshmen are long term solutions to the lack of firepower at the Merseyside club.
Thus far this season Liverpool have managed just 24 goals in 21 Premier League matches and struggle to break down opposition defences, especially at home where their opponents set their stall out to play ultra defensively, as evidenced in the recent encounter with Stoke City.
Jelavic may well have scored a great deal in Scotland but some may question his ability to find the back of the net in higher level leagues. After all the former Rapid Vienna man has struggled to score regularly whilst on national team duty, managing just two goals in 17 games for the Croatian side.