Ibrox striker set for Goodison Park move.
EVERTON are increasingly hopeful of clinching a deal for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic after David Moyes moved to bolster his forward line.
An initial bid was lodged yesterday using the proceeds of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s £5million move to Spartak Moscow, but Everton are likely to go to about £6m including add-ons. Jelavic, 26, has told Rangers’ boss Ally McCoist he wants to move to Goodison Park and solve Moyes’ painstaking search for reinforcements that has seen him check on the likes of Wolves’ Kevin Doyle.
This could prove something of a pivotal signing for David Moyes as he looks to pull his Merseyside outfit nearer the top six than the relegation zone. Having sold Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow the Toffees boss appears to have the funds to make a decent offer for Croatian international Jelavic and Ally McCost saw his Rangers side win 4-0 against Hibernian on the weekend without the use of his top scorer.
The 26 year old former Rapid Vienna man has struck 17 goals thus far this season and notched up 19 in his first season at Rangers, during which time he helped his Glasgow side to a SPL title. However McCoist has admitted publicly that the striker had been pushing for a move South of the Border and that appears to be growing increasingly likely.
Everton have struggled for goals this season, with the club’s top scorer being full back Leighton Baines. Aussie Tim Cahill, usually a reliable source of firepower, has managed just one goal this season and Louis Saha has also managed just one goal in 18 Premier League appearances this season, therefore Moyes clearly felt the need to pursue a new striker signing this month.