United striker target 'couldn't say no to great club'

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Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic has admitted that the lure of Manchester United would be too great to turn down should they make a bid.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been heavily linked with a move for the Croatian international, who scored 16 goals in 23 appearances for the Gers on the way to an SPL title last season.

The striker stated that, whilst he hadn't been personally contacted over an Old Trafford move, he was aware of the Manchester United interest through the press and he would find it almost impossible to turn down an opportunity to play for the Red Devils.

"Moving to another club? No, that's the last thing on my mind. I'm enjoying Scotland. My life is fantastic. I like being here as a footballer. The most important thing is I see that my family is happy too. So there's really no reason for me to move," the 25-year-old told Jutarnji List when first questioned over a move.

However, when pushed over Manchester United, his response changed somewhat.

"Manchester United? Well, that would be of course very hard to reject. But I only read about Red Devils in newspapers. Of course I'm happy to be linked with such a great club, but I really don't know anything about this.


"Me and Walter Smith, who knows Alex Ferguson very well, joked about this stuff. He was telling me that Fergie is building a team for me to fit in. But in reality I doubt that he would talk with Ferguson about his players... But of course, if Manchester United make an offer for me then I couldn't stay in Scotland."

Smith has previously worked as the number two at Old Trafford under Ferguson, and remains a close friend of his fellow Scot.

Newcastle have also been linked with a move for the former Rapid Vienna forward, although St James' Park does not appear to be on the radar of the hitman, who dismissed any possible move.

"United is a club you can't say no to. If Newcastle United call then I'd stay in Glasgow, no doubt."

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