Hamburg target Jelavic following Martinez’ new signings

Everton have struggled to find more than one striker who has been consistently hitting the back of the net game after game.

Nikica Jelavic had shown some glimpses that he could be capable of doing just that but the striker’s future at Goodison Park could be nearing an end as reports are surfacing that a move to Hamburg may not be too far away.

The Bundesliga club are thought to be readying a £6m bid for the Croatian who could be dropped from the squad in favour of new arrival Arouna Kone.

New boss Roberto Martinez worked closely with Kone last season at Wigan and was eager to re-sign the striker following The Latics relegation back in May.

With Jelavic struggling to match his initial form at the club last season, it’s thought that The Toffees are open to negotiating a possible deal involving the big Croatian.

Leading figures in Hamburg have admitted the club are evaluating their options and whether a move for Jelavic is set to take place. This was confirmed in comments made to the Daily Mail where the club’s sporting director Oliver Kreutz stated that “we are dealing with it.”

If Jelavic was to make the move across to Germany, it would become the sixth different league that the striker would’ve played in having previously competed in Croatia, Belgium, Austria, Scotland and England.

Indeed, it wasn’t until the Croatian arrived in the SPL with Rangers where he really managed to garner the attention of major European teams as he earned double figure goal tallies during his time at Ibrox Park.

That form then led him to a £5m move back in January 2012 to Europe which saw the Croatian notch up 11 goals in just 7 games. Since then, the striker has been hit by the same curse as others before him at Goodison only scoring 7 goals last season for the club.

Whilst this is hardly a red alert for the player’s future, Everton have admitted that they need players to score 15-20 goals a season for the club to compete for European places in the future.

Jelavic certainly has the potential to do that for Everton and with Kone also being a sharp finisher himself, the club could have a partnership that could do some damage.

But with Everton being known to have a smaller transfer budget compared to some of their rivals, selling Jelavic may give the club extra ammo to help push and sign the prolific striker that the club has needed for some time now.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!