West Ham give up on Nikica Jelavic after 5m offer rejected

West Ham call it quits on Jelavic after 5m offer for striker rejected by Rangers

West Ham are set to end their chase for Nikica Jelavic after Rangers rejected a 5million bid, plus add-ons, for the striker.

The offer from the npower Championship leaders failed to meet the Scottish champions' valuation of the Croatian.

West Ham had been reported on Wednesay to have bid 7m for the Croatia hotshot, but the Hammers are not prepared to go any higher than 5m.

Hot property: Nikica Jelavic is wanted by a host of English clubs

Hot property: Nikica Jelavic is wanted by a host of English clubs

Jelavic is the club's top goalscorer
with 17 goals this season and has also been linked with Liverpool, West
Brom, Fulham and QPR.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirmed at the weekend that informal talks regarding Jelavic had taken place between chairman Craig Whyte and his West Ham counterpart David Sullivan.

Rangers previously rejected an offer of 6.5m from Leicester for the striker in August.

On the up: West Ham look to be heading back to the Premier League

On the up: West Ham look to be heading back to the Premier League

Jelavic was quoted in a number of newspapers today expressing interest in a move to West Ham but also claiming he would be happy to remain with the Scottish champions.

He was quoted as saying: 'West Ham are a great club; they are not a second division club.

'They are a famous Premier League club who happened to be relegated last season and will return to the Premier League next season.

'It would be nice to play there if the opportunity comes up and the club agrees.

'But I am also playing at a big club and it wouldn't bother me in the least if I had to stay here.'