Queens Park Rangers are amongst the clubs to have expressed an interest in Nikica Jelavic, who looks set to leave Everton this month.
The Croatian international joined the Toffees from Rangers in the winter of 2012, and he was an instant hit at Goodison Park. During his 13 Premier League matches in the remainder of that campaign, the £5million hitman bagged nine goals. However, since that debut campaign in England, he has been unable to find his best form.
Jelavic scored just seven times last season despite featuring in all but one league match, and this term he has made nine appearances without finding the back of the net. Roberto Martinez has revealed he is prepared to listen to offers for the 28-year-old during the January window, and it appears as though there has been no shortage of interest.
“Rangers (QPR) have asked about Nikica but there is nothing concrete,” said the Spaniard. “There have been a few clubs asking about him, a few from abroad and a few from the British game. We’ve been very open, up front and honest with Nikica. We have sat down and spoken about the situation so we all know where we are.”
QPR boss Harry Redknapp certainly needs more firepower in attack, as he looks to restore the Londoners to the Premier League at the first time of asking. The Loftus Road club are currently in third position, but have scored just 26 goals in 24 matches, which is the worst return of any side currently in the top 10 of the Championship.
The Hoops manager could get a close look at Jelavic on Saturday afternoon, when he takes his side to Merseyside for an FA Cup third round clash. Should a bid be lodged for his signature, Redknapp is likely to face competition from West Ham United, who are in desperate need of a new striker as they look to avoid relegation.