transfer talk

Rangers target Jelavic has Premier League aim

August 10, 2010

Nikica Jelavic has reiterated his desire to join Rangers but admits his long-term goal is to play in the English Premier League.

Nikica Jelavic
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Rangers chief executive Martin Bain is back in Austria attempting to finalise a deal with Rapid Vienna who are reportedly holding out for a £4 million fee for Jelavic.

Jelavic was quoted in the Daily Record as saying: "The Scottish league is stronger than the Austrian league and Rangers are a great club. But I've always been honest and I've never hidden my desire to one day play in the English Premier League because it is the best in the world.

"At this moment I remain a Rapid Vienna player and a professional. I want to do the very best I can for this club until someone tells me otherwise. That's all I can say at this time.''

Rapid's sporting director Alfred Hoertnagl is adamant there is still a lot of work to be done. He said: "There are still too many points that are open, even from the player's side. I don't want to make any comment about sums or fees.

"I'm not sure if a deal can go through at all. As long as the transfer window is open these issues and themes will always be on the table.''

Meanwhile, Arsenal youngster Nacer Barazite will get the chance to win a move to Ibrox when a second string Gers side take on Glentoran at the Oval on Tuesday.

Barazite, 20, has represented Netherlands at all youth levels and has three caps for their Under-21 side. The striker has been at the London club since 2006, and has made three first-team appearances.

After spending the 2008-09 season on loan to Derby County, he failed to establish himself at Arsenal last season after suffering from shoulder injury problems that required surgery.

But an impressive performance in front of Rangers coach Ian Durrant could convince the Scottish champions to offer Barazite a deal.

"Nacer will be on trial for us tonight,'' Durrant told the Evening Times. "It's a good opportunity in a competitive match for us to have a look at him.''

Striker Andrius Velicka will be the most experienced player in Durrant's line-up after he was withdrawn from the Lithuanian national squad to concentrate on building his fitness up after a year out with a knee injury.