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Jelavic's father claims Liverpool interest

January 23, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool want to bolster their attacking options with the signing of Nikica Jelavic from Rangers, according to the striker's father.

Nikica Jelavic
GettyImagesNikica Jelavic has scored 16 goals for Rangers this season

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Jelavic, 26, has been heavily linked with a move away from Ibrox, with West Ham making a £6 million bid for him last week and QPR also thought to be interested in prising him away from the Scottish champions.

However, his dad Phillip insists that the Croatia international has his sights set on playing under Kenny Dalglish at Anfield.

"We know about the interest of West Ham and QPR," Phillip Jelavic said. "But Nikica has five or six clubs that are interested, including that of the great Liverpool.

"As for West Ham and QPR, Nikica is more ambitious than that. It's most likely that he'll sign for Liverpool. But there are a few days until the end of the window, so we'll see."

West Ham had appeared favoruites to land Jelavic - Rangers top scorer this season with 16 goals - though it is believed talks have stalled because of the forward's wage demands.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed last week that he was chasing Jelavic, saying: "Jelavic is one of many others because we have been made aware by other sources that he might be available. We have made bids to bring people in - but have not managed it yet."