Jelavic father claims Liverpool chance

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The father of striker Nikica Jelavic has hinted that his son is holding out for a move to Liverpool this month.

It's a revelation that comes amidst speculation that West Ham United are closing on the 26-year-old striker, although Ally McCoist denied Sam Allardyce had made an official bid.

"They've not made an official bid. The reported amount would not be enough to meet the demands of the owner - £6m is not nearly enough," McCoist is quoted as saying on the BBC.

A plethora of teams in England have been linked with a move for the Croatian international, with big-spending Leicester City also keen to take the player to the Npower Championship, whilst West Ham and QPR are also the clubs in the running from the Barclays Premier League.

Philip Jelavic insists that 'great' Liverpool is the preferred option for his son though, and that a move to Anfield is 'most likely' in the January transfer window.

"Yes, we know about the interest of West Ham, and Queens Park Rangers. But Nikica has five or six clubs interested, including that of the great Liverpool," Jelavic Snr was quoted as saying in The Scotsman.

"As for West Ham and QPR, I think that Nikica is more ambitious than that. I think it’s most likely that he will sign for Liverpool. But there are still a few days until the end of the transfer window, so we will wait and see."

Jelavic started his career with Hajduk Split, spending five years at the Stadion Poljud before moving to Zulte Waregem in 2007 and then Rapid Vienna the following year.

After two seasons in Austria, Rangers snapped up the striker in a reported £4 million deal, and Jelavic has gone on to become one of the SPL's top strikers during his season-and-a-half at Ibrox thus far.

His form has led to interest south of the border, and it remains to be seen if Kenny Dalglish will grant the player his chance on Merseyside with a bid big enough to take the player away from Glasgow.

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