Rangers could be about to cash-in on Nikica Jelavic as increasing speculation continues to surround their top marksman with a move south of the border in the January transfer window as Liverpool prepare a £10m bid.
The 26 year-old Croat has gained a whole host of admirers since joining from Rapid Vienna for £4m in the summer of 2010. A goal record of 33 from 46 games has attracted interest from the likes of Sunderland, West Brom, QPR, Everton and Leicester City but Liverpool are now said to be heading that list.
Rangers supporters will be fearing for their Championship title hopes should a significant offer be tabled for their Croatian hotshot, a view shared by former boss Walter Smith who said the Scottish Champions can kiss goodbye to the SPL if Jelavic is sold.
Smith was the man who persuaded the Gers board to part with £4m for Jelavic, in a strategy that would potentially see the striker sold in the future for a larger sum. Rangers agonising financial state could end up dictating the sale of one of their prized assets in a bid to balance the books, something current boss, Ally McCoist, has admitted if the club receives a significant offer.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jelavic told of how he understood if Rangers decided to cash-in on him. “I know nothing about any offers. I just want to concentrate on Rangers.
“I have another two-and-a-half years left of my contract but, if the club decides to sell me, because I know we are in a difficult financial situation, then fine.”
The SPL top scorer also spoke of the reported interest from Liverpool. “Of course I am flattered about Liverpool, but I do not know how much truth there is. Therefore I don’t pay any attention because I do not want to create additional pressure. My job is to play.
“Liverpool is a great name, but, like I say, how much are they really interested?”
Jelavic’s physical prowess and wide variety of goals suggests he has attributes suited to the Premiership game but would the jump-up in level prove to much for the big Croatian international?
Liverpool have lacked a cutting edge and a finishing touch so far this season. Andy Carroll continues to misfire infront of goal and star-man Luis Suarez will be absent following an 8-match ban, so a striker is high on Kenny Dalglish’s wanted list as the Reds manager makes a push for Champions League qualification in the second half of the season.
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