Hamburg ponder bid for Jelavic

Hamburg are considering a bid for Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, sporting director Oliver Kreuzer has said.

Kreuzer said he hoped the Merseysiders would be willing to sell the Croatia international, but added that Hamburg had to work out whether a deal would be financially viable.

“Jelavic would be exactly the right player for us. He is a really dangerous striker,” he said. “But we have to scrutinise whether it is financially possible.”

Jelavic, 27, who scored seven goals last season, could be allowed to leave Goodison Park by new Toffees manager Roberto Martinez, Kreuzer said, adding: “I have heard that Everton’s new manager wants to sell him.”

However, before making a move for the striker – likely to cost around €7 million - Hamburg would need to offload some fringe players.

“Day in, day out, I talk to all the agents, but nothing has come up yet,” Kreuzer said. “If we manage that [to sell two or three players] we could work out if a loan or a payment in instalments would be possible.”

Hamburg conceded five goals and failed to score any during a pre-season tournament in Monchenglabach at the weekend, losing to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Their strikers, Latvia international Artjoms Rudnevs, 25, and summer signing Jacques Zoua, 21, played 60 minutes each, and Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink said: “They both have certain strengths and certain weaknesses.”