Nikica Jelavic: West Ham 6m bid for Rangers striker

Promotion-chasing West Ham tempt Rangers with 6m bid for hotshot striker Jelavic

West Ham have stepped up their chase for extra firepower in the promotion run-in with a 6million bid to bring Nikica Jelavic south from Rangers.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce's search for a new striker has turned north of the border after failing in his bid to lure Jordan Rhodes.

The Huddersfield forward reject the east London club’s advances and Allardyce is hoping he can persuade the Clydesdale Bank Premier League giants to part with their top scorer.

Heading south Jelavic is the subject of bid from West Ham

Heading south Jelavic is the subject of bid from West Ham

The Upton Park club are offering 5m now plus 1m tied to appearances – and the club getting back into the top flight which they are hoping to achieve this season with the club placed in the automatic promotion places.

Croatian Jelavic, 26, has been a revelation this season, scoring 17 goals for Rangers this season and is also linked with moves to QPR and West Brom.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist plans to sign hot-shot Francisco Sandaza as a replacement for Jelavic – if the Croatian wins a lucrative move south of the border during the January transfer window.

Heading up Allardyce is looking for the goals to take the Hammers up

Heading up Allardyce is looking for the goals to take the Hammers up