Anfield target keen on Merseyside move.
LIVERPOOL have emerged as contenders to sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, with the player’s father claiming that Anfield is his son’s preferred destination.
With just nine days remaining of the transfer window, the interest in the forward looks set to intensify this week. Ally McCoist confirmed yesterday that talks had taken place between Rangers chairman Craig Whyte and his West Ham United counterpart David Sullivan but the Ibrox manager insisted he was unaware of interest from any other clubs after the Croatian was also linked with Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.
McCoist said: “I spoke to Craig today and I believe Craig had a conversation with David Sullivan. But Craig was very keen to point out that absolutely no offers had been made at all. I think it was just a pretty informal chat they had.”
On speculation linking the player with other clubs south of the border, he added: “That’s news to me, I’ve certainly not been told. The only team where there has been an indication of interest is West Ham.”
Philip Jelavic said: “Yes, we know about the interest of West Ham, and Queens Park Rangers. But Nikica has five or six clubs interested, including that of the great Liverpool. As for West Ham and QPR, I think that Nikica is more ambitious than that. I think it’s most likely that he will sign for Liverpool. But there are still a few days until the end of the transfer window, so we will wait and see.”
This will come as good news to Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish as he looks to beef up his attacking options having seen his side net just 25 goals in 22 Premier League matches. With Luis Suarez still in the middle of his eight match ban and Andy Carroll continuing to struggle to find his feet at the club the need for reinforcements up front is self evident.
This source goes on to state that it would take an offer in excess of £6m to secure the 26 year old, who has been a veritable goal machine in the SPL. Thus far this season Jelavic has netted 17 goals and even though some would point at the average level of football North of the Border one could argue that the former Rapid Vienna can only show what he is capable of against the opposition placed in front of him.
Ally McCoist will be loathed to lose the Croatian international, not least as he has seen his Ibrox side lose a big lead at the top of the table as Celtic romp past their fellow Glasgow rivals, notching up 12 straight SPL wins.
Jelavic’s dad is fairly honest about his son’s interest in prospective moves to West Ham or QPR and whilst those moves could be considered less glamorous they would probably lead to regular first team football whilst a move to Liverpool would entail the Rangers man having to battle Carroll and Suarez for a spot in Dalglish’s starting eleven.
Dalglish may be more open to bringing in a supporting striker addition such as Jelavic over a ‘big name’ signing that could well shake the confidence of young England international Carroll, who has only netted six goals in 31 appearances for Liverpool in his first year at the club.