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Hammers looking to take Jelavic

30/04/2013 | Comments (56)
Nikica Jelavic has supposedly become a summer target for West Ham United after a miserable season at Everton, based on the assumption that they may need a new striker.

This rumour first surfaced on CaughtOffside who are infamous for their creative reportage and seems to have been picked up by a number of other media outlets, including the Echo, the Mirror and the North Wales Daily Post.

David Moyes has intimated in the past week that he doesn't see Jelavic going anywhere this summer and has back the Croatian to rediscover his goal touch at Goodison next season.

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Richard Reeves
029 Posted 30/04/2013 at 14:42:27
Never going to happen. It could be the so-called second season syndrome that's to blame for his form or amazingly it could be that he's on the decline but, seeing as Moyes will be here next season, he would have to be at least three years past his peak before Moyes would even consider selling.
Ross Edwards
034 Posted 30/04/2013 at 15:20:39
They can have him
Jackie Barry
047 Posted 30/04/2013 at 15:44:40
They can have Osman, Heitinga and Neville too.
Ross Edwards
048 Posted 30/04/2013 at 15:45:31
And Moyes
Shane Corcoran
056 Posted 30/04/2013 at 15:52:23
Yeah they can take the whole squad. Out to fuck.
Sam Hoare
062 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:02:03
Didn't take long for the Moyes bash Ross. Just surprised you left it out in your first comment!
Jackie Barry
067 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:06:18
Yeah but Sam you could say that you were quick on the rebuttal - LOL!
Sam Hoare
070 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:08:45
Very true Jackie. Though you can log on to TW almost any time of the day and find an anti-Moyes comment freshly posted by mr Edwards.
Jackie Barry
076 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:14:33
Yeah very true, but if I'm honest I have been growing a bit tired of the guy especially with the way he has left the club hanging in regards to the new contract. It really wouldn't surprise me if he was going to sign all along it's just the club and him came to some sort of agreement to make this the clubs big news story at the end of the season instead of transfers. I'm sick of the spin coming out of our once great club.
Patrick Murphy
077 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:16:12
Last home game of the season and it's the ultimate swap shop. The hammers get Jelavic and Moyes and we get Alladyce and Caroll. Remember West Ham have a brand new stadium coming up and will bankroll the club heavily in the next couple of years so it's not a totally ridiculous idea....not quite.
Nick Entwistle
083 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:23:00
Don't expect anything until after the final game Jackie. We're three points off 4th still and Chelsea still have Spurs, Utd and us to play.

Even if we were mathematically out of it, he still wouldn't say anything till May/ June.

Serves no purpose other than to placate the 24/7 desire for rolling news in this information age.

Jackie Barry
086 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:27:18
So you don't think coming out and talking about this has affected the team? I do. You don't think that it leaves players making their decisions on their own future hanging in balance until a dangerous summer transfer window? I do. Also who else is supposedly coming in for him? nobody has said anything concrete. I certainly don't see Shalke going for Moyes, they have money and want to build, moving to the front of the pack, not at a steady canter just behind the pack.
Ross Edwards
087 Posted 30/04/2013 at 16:29:29

I will not stop slagging off Moyes until he packs his bags and goes.

BK should offer him an ultimatum. His umming and arring is really taking the Michael. If he delays it any further he should be sacked.

He still hasn't said he is staying, yet he is meddling in player affairs for next season. If you have a list of players for next year why can't he just bleeding sign and leave us in our misery of another season with Moyes.

Phil Roberts
115 Posted 30/04/2013 at 17:06:42
Ross, stupid comment: "If he delays it any further he should be sacked" — and then we have to pay him off; but if nothing happens and he does not sign a new contract, he goes and it cost us nothing.

Before opening your mouth, put your brain in gear, you make yourself look a fool.

Bjørn-Ivar Pedersen
122 Posted 30/04/2013 at 17:05:58
Selling Jelavic does not solve any problems, the strikers here will not get proper service from anyone anyway, and no matter who they put up front, he still has to get down defending and wear out him self for a nonsense manager.....No lets keep Jelavic and sack the shit in's worth more for the club.
Paul Ellam
125 Posted 30/04/2013 at 17:20:43
Moyes will stay, Jelavic will stay and we will buy some players this summer!
That is my prediction, now where did I put my medication! ;-)
Sam Hoare
129 Posted 30/04/2013 at 17:28:29
Jackie, i've no problem with people wanting Moyes to leave. Personally I'm on the fence. Wouldn't mind something fresh but feel chances are we might drop a few places down the league and out of European contention as I do think Moyes has us punching above our weight.

What slightly irks me is people who take every single opportunity to speak ill of the man who I think has done some pretty good if not spectacular service to the club. Of course he has his flaws and must take criticism for his mistakes but some people lack balance in their personal and vitriolic attacks on him.

James Martin
132 Posted 30/04/2013 at 17:32:55
Be careful what people wish for. If Jelavic is in the team Moyes has stated in the past that he would look to buy players to service him properly. This obviously hasn't happened this season but if Fellaini were to depart Moyes may look to reshape the midfield with feeding Jelavic his priority. An attacking three of Pienaar, Mirallas plus another would be as good as anyones in the league. If we sold Jelavic, especially for the platry amount rumoured, who do we rpelace him with within our budget? We are not going to find an Aguero type, a fast tricky top class striker, there's not even enough of them to go round the top teams. Instead we'll end up with some huge donk and Moyes will play to his strengths which will be ten foot in the air. I'd rather Moyes was building a team around a tap in specialist rather than one that will find the head of a big man.
Jackie Barry
140 Posted 30/04/2013 at 17:46:07
Agree James but you won't get many others. I think his confidence is shot but to be fair the service he has been getting has been bordering on pathetic. Our corners have been pretty useless at times and when down the wings our balls in have either been too long or haven't got over the first man. I still think he has it and is far above Anichebe in scoring ability in my opinion. Next season with Anichebe up front alone, even though I will congratulate him for some performances this season, send chills down my spine.
Anthony Hawkins
150 Posted 30/04/2013 at 18:12:25
At some point Moyes will learn that plenty of money has to to get a quality striker. If he's willing to shell out £15m for a midfielder he can spend the same on a striker. You gets whats you pay for!.
Paul Kelly
153 Posted 30/04/2013 at 18:18:04
Jelly to the Hammers! I'll pay is train fare to Euston. Underground ticket and even one of those hire bikes Boris is trying to to get under everyone's arse to make this happen.

Though if he scores the winner at anal field come Sunday I will eat humble pie and probably end up with his name and number tattooed across my back.

Jackie Barry
154 Posted 30/04/2013 at 18:20:43
We paid 6-million for Beattie, 11.25-million for Yakubu, 8.6-million for Johnson, Saha for an undisclosed fee (never revealed), 5-million for Jela

Throw in all the others like Marcus Bent, James McFadden, Victor Anichebe, James Vaughan, Jermaine Beckford, Vellios.

Crikey do we need to go on, you would think at least one of these would have turned out to be a goal scorer. Looking through that list I see why people wonder if it's something we do to our strikers in training.

Jeremy Benson
159 Posted 30/04/2013 at 18:32:56
I'd give Jelavic another season. He scored for fun with rangers (I know...), and for us in his first half season. Class is permanent, and all that. He is going through a very barren spell, but it can't last forever.

Look at carroll - couldn't hit a barn door for a season at the RS, yet is now back on song and looking worth at least half of what was paid for him (before it was about 10%...).

Besides, we wouldnt get a large amount for him anyway - so its worth the risk on him turning a corner. Its not like we could sell him for £10 million and use that to buy another quality striker. Whatever we got for him would only provide for a "gamble" striker anyway. Stick with him, love him a bit, and wait for the tide to turn and I suspect he will repay us.

Jackie Barry
160 Posted 30/04/2013 at 18:40:48
Agree Jeremy, he certainly loves to score for us and the reaction he gets from the fans.
Jeremy Benson
165 Posted 30/04/2013 at 18:42:21
He's not like some strikers, where you wonder when they've stopped scoring if its whether they can be bothered or want a move to another club.

Jelavic is getting into the positions - he's desperate for it. I can't back this up with facts, only going on what I feel I've seen, in that a lot of our goals this season have been scored by someone with Jelavic within a couple of yards and ready to pounce himself.

He just needs one to go in off his arse early on in a match (not like his most recent one with no time left), so that his increased confidence can build with time to use it. I still think he is our player most likely to put 3 or 4 in if he scored early enough. If he's struggling by the January window, then fair enough. But for me, I'd nurture him during pre-season with a few easy teams to get him back into the groove.

Paul Dark
172 Posted 30/04/2013 at 19:02:49
I very much hope Jela stays; I think he will regain his form. Moyes's uncharacteristically sensitive and sensible defence of him after the week-end's game gives me some hope.
Mike Rourke
174 Posted 30/04/2013 at 19:07:43
On Jelavic, if we can make a half-way decent profit on him I wouldn't be adverse to seeing him jog on.
Eugene Ruane
179 Posted 30/04/2013 at 19:18:39
- "The boy Jelavic has ability but mebeez on reflection we rushed him ah bit quick. He may benefit from a spell on loan tae Leeds"

It's a thought.

James Stewart
184 Posted 30/04/2013 at 19:44:18
Get out of jail free card! I'll personally drive him there.
Scott Ellis
200 Posted 30/04/2013 at 19:57:36
Moyes is trying to get the board (not BK) to put their hands into their pockets. As revealed this week, we have a couple of directors who appeared on The Times rich list, they could and should start to back the club financially. If they had spent in January, we would have got that top four place, we're going to miss out by a small margin.

It would be hard for him to replace players and stay competitive in the next couple of seasons without fresh money, but he can't come out and say this. If it works, and our club is better for it, great; if he leaves and the new guy only has money from the sales of our better players, this can't be viewed as progress.

Over to you, Lord Grantchester and Co.

John Gilfoyle
203 Posted 30/04/2013 at 20:17:14
Jela needs to go, at this moment in time id much rather have stracq! Just look at fulham game midfield and defence exceptional but no bite in attack. Maybe these frequently witnessed equalisers against poor opposition is not Moyes negativetactics but the simple fact we don't put games to bed, how many times have we outplayed teams but not taken 3 points!
Peter Warren
204 Posted 30/04/2013 at 20:26:48
He's been useless most of the season. Southampton at home was the last time he looked good. But I believe he has shown class as it wasn't luck that got him all those goals – they were class one-touch finishes. He's been rubbish and I don't blame anybody but I think there's a quality player still there, he hasn't been injured and I would stick with him.
Tom Bowers
244 Posted 30/04/2013 at 22:36:12
Sadly Jela has lost his goalscoring touch but gives 100%. Unfortunately he can only be judged on his goals and as Everton's goals for is rather poor compared to most of the top teams he, Anichebe and dare I say Vellios do not appear to be good enough to keep on next season.

Personally I would like Benteke if Villa go down or Kone if Wigan go down.

Ian Smitham
248 Posted 30/04/2013 at 22:49:15
Tom, your first line says it all for me. He has lost form, but while he gives 100% effort, and to me, he appears to, then I say stick with him. To contradict myself, if Fella goes to Chelsea then Lukaku to us MUST be part of the deal which makes Jelly a bit redundant. Decision, decisions
Noel Early
259 Posted 30/04/2013 at 23:16:12
Keep the faith with Jela, lads, I had a feeling he might struggle second season blues. His confidence is totally shot at present he can't even keep his feet most times.

Let's not forget he had the Euros last Summer so fatigue might be a factor, you don't become a bad player overnight and I feel Davey has turned him into a workhorse when we all know he is a real predator around the box. Hope he stays for next year.
Chris James
267 Posted 30/04/2013 at 23:07:59
Jelavic just looks lost at the moment to me, lacking confidence, off the pace, touch deserted him, Torres all over again (albeit on a budget).

I don't really buy all this stuff about Moyes training it out of him or not playing to his strength, are we really playing any differently to last year when he was 'scoring goals for fun' (Atkinson TM)?

It could be a temporary loss of form (although it's gone on a fair while now), it could be that that he is short of confidence and feeling the pressure, or It could be that the premier league defenders have found him out, it's a considerable step up from the SPL (which for me is Championship level at best, League One in places), that very few have been able to make.

Mike Green
269 Posted 01/05/2013 at 00:09:00
Selling Jelavic to West Ham?! Ive heard it all now. What next? Baines to Villa? Fellaini to West Brom? Pienaar to Spurs? Oh...
Kev Johnson
270 Posted 01/05/2013 at 00:13:51
"Torres... on a budget" Like it, Chris!

Mike Green
273 Posted 01/05/2013 at 00:21:42
Besides. Lets say Jelavic is genuinely unhappy and wants to move on, I can see Moyes stood over him in the dressing room now...

'Happy....? Nae 'Happy'?!?!? Yer nae supposed to be 'Happy' ya wee shite!!! Does Seamus look 'Happy'?! Does Ross look 'Happy'?! Hav ya ever seen me look even close to 'Happy'??? Nae even Tim Howard's 'Happy', why dae ye think he's always swearin sae mach!?!?!! Nae gan and give me 350 laps of the training grund before I send yea ta West Ham ya ferkin amateur!!!!!!'

Jamie Sweet
288 Posted 01/05/2013 at 04:42:01
I still can't believe the change in form of Jelavic. I remember last year at the Euro's praying that he had a quiet tournament so that it didn't alert the bigger clubs of Europe to this top notch goalscorer we had found. I really thought he was the dogs wotsits.

I would have put my house on him scoring 20 this season.

I understand that an out of form striker can get into a bit of a downward spiral and with every missed chance the goal just starts getting smaller and smaller... but this is getting a bit silly now.

Would still love him to stay and rediscover that bit of magic he had when he first joined.

Pat Waine
316 Posted 01/05/2013 at 09:10:35
"Ross, stupid comment.
If he delays it any further he should be sacked - and then we have to pay him off, but if nothing happens and he does not sign a new contract he goes and it cost us nothing.
Before opening your mouth, put your brain in gear, you make yourself look a fool. "

We could terminate his contract as of the end of year — indicate now that his contract will not be renewed. So piss or get off the pot Dave.

Aman Ka
336 Posted 01/05/2013 at 10:35:40
You'll want to keep him next Monday when he scores two this Sunday!!!
Harold Matthews
367 Posted 01/05/2013 at 12:06:24
Gibbo the Hippo to Tranmere or the knackers yard.
Andrew Ellams
369 Posted 01/05/2013 at 12:17:45
The reason he gets no service is because he constantly rules himself out as an option by straying offside. I have never seen a striker fall into the trap as much as this guy.

If I thought we could get Benteke or Kone I would say sell.

James Newcombe
393 Posted 01/05/2013 at 13:01:51
I'd give him another season, maybe this summer he'll get a proper rest!
Bjørn-Ivar Pedersen
487 Posted 01/05/2013 at 18:01:17
Andrew Ellams #393

But have you ever seen in newer time a Everton striker try to beat the offside trap as much as Jelavic???

Strikers like him will naturally be blown for offside more often than the rest of the lazy bums.

Brian Waring
490 Posted 01/05/2013 at 18:26:13
Andrew, it would be great getting Benteke or Kone, problem is they would have a great first season, but would be crap the second season and just run around like chickens with no heads, Moyes, strikers, hmmm.........
Ross Edwards
492 Posted 01/05/2013 at 19:03:15
Jelavic is average. When you come from Rangers, you are used to playing Inverness every week. His first season, sensational, took a touch, bang, simple.

But now, he is not even a shadow, he is a parody of himself. His morale must be through the floor at the moment. He looks like he has forgotten how to play footy. Falling over all the time, the straying offside is becoming irritating and his shooting, well, it's shocking.

Maybe it is second-season syndrome, but I don't think it is. Playing St Johnstone is a doddle; playing Man Utd and Arsenal, different ball game. It is impossible to get into Europe with a player who has only scored 1 in 19 games.

I know Moyes has been a miracle worker but if Jela isn't banging in the goals, his job is even harder. He is probably a Championship player at best and sadly that's where he might be in a few years, or maybe stuck with a mid table French or Russian team like Drenthe.

Moyes is NOT to blame for Jela's poor form, it's a mix of ability, which he has lost completely it seems, and confidence. Maybe, if there are new faces next year, he might be back to his best.

Jackie Barry
493 Posted 01/05/2013 at 19:11:59
I've seen many occasions where he has been onside and beaten the offside trap but we have failed to give him the service he needs. He tries it so often that of course he is going to get caught out quite a bit.
Jon Ferguson
499 Posted 01/05/2013 at 19:18:16
Jelavic has had an awful season. On a few occasions the ball has come into his vacinity he seems to randomly throw himself on the floor in a very ungainly way.

However I can't help but remember that first half a season. It's not just that he was banging them in; he oozed class. He was taking them first time, he was knocking them in despite the ball falling awkwardly, he was beating offside traps and timing his runs to perfection. I don't think you can fluke all those things.

If we sold him and he rediscovered his goalscoring I'd be gutted. When he has scored this season he's been high fiveing and hugging everyone in sight, so he obviously still wants it. I'm not sure if I swallow the second season syndrome stuff, I just think he is in a really long bad patch of form. I hope he stays and recovers form next season. We do need to sign some competition for him up front though (plan A and B rolled into one).

Mark Frere
501 Posted 01/05/2013 at 19:26:48
If we are to see the best of Jelavic again, Moyes needs to coach him to stay in the box and get on the end of things, not running the channels. Jelavic isn't going to score any of his famous one touch finishes, unless he,s in the box to score them.

Jelavic doesn't have a great deal to offer, footballing wise, he's not fast, doesn't link up play well, doesn't have much skill. He's a goal poacher and that's all

Ross Edwards
502 Posted 01/05/2013 at 19:46:59
You can get away with having little or no pace or skill in Scotland but in the PL, he has been completely exposed.
Jeremy Benson
504 Posted 01/05/2013 at 19:51:26
Ross, he wasn't "completely exposed" last season was he?

Also, I don't think it helps your argument to suggest that he has "little or no skill". That's clearly not true.

The guy is having a bad run, there is no doubt. But he has skills, he has potential. Whether we have as a club have the luxury of time to let him get back to form is a different matter. But regardless, he isn't a bad player, and his club and international career is evidence of that.

Ross Edwards
508 Posted 01/05/2013 at 20:10:30
This season he has, Jeremy.
Ian Bennett
513 Posted 01/05/2013 at 20:30:22
Fellaini is sure to leave, and if you can get £8m plus for Jelavic I'd invest in 3 class players and a decent loan player. We all know any transfer kitty is running around on the pitch, whilst circa £35m can be put to better use on a spine of a decent but small squad.

We are a stable top 6 club that should be able to pick up some top emerging talent. A bit of vision.....

Tony McArdle
760 Posted 03/05/2013 at 06:32:51
I can only watch through splayed fingers as the ball is played up to Jelavic. His attempts to bring it under control remind me of a kitten with a ball of wool.
If a decent offer comes in, take the money and run.

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