Liverpool in Merseyside battle over SPL hitman

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Everton have joined Liverpool in the reported race to sign Nikica Jelavic.

The Scottish Sun claims the Toffees are the latest club to take an interest in the Rangers hitman, who has also been linked with the likes of Sunderland, Manchester United and Leicester City south of the border.

And Gers chief Ally McCoist admits the Ibrox outfit can't rule out the Croatian hitman's sale, even though they don't wish to sell the player.

"It's not something I want to happen but it's also not something I can rule out. It's as simple as that," said McCoist.

Reports in The Daily Mail three days ago highlighted interest from Liverpool, and the 26-year-old admitted he was happy to be linked with some of the biggest clubs in football.

"Every day, when I open the newspapers, I’m moving to another club," he told The Daily Record.

"It’s nice to think so many teams are interested in me from the strongest league in the world but I’m not thinking about a transfer right now."

Liverpool have been linked with a handful of strikers in recent weeks, with the transfer window quickly drawing upon us.

Kenny Dalglish has been eager to play down talk of the club's possible targets though, but did admit in his press conference today that funds are available if he wishes to strengthen the Liverpool squad.

"We have the option to add if we want to, but we also have another option that we don't have to," said the Anfield supremo.

It's up for debate as to whether or not a striker is high on the Merseyside outfit's agenda, but with limited support to Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in reserve, a forward move would be a logic step for Liverpool.

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