Dipping into the SPL for transfer targets is always a gamble and while a player’s record may look good north of the border, moving into the premiership will always represent a tougher challenge. If you need any evidence of that, you could always contrast Gordon Durie’s scoring ratio after he’d moved from White Hart Lane to Ibrox.
Therefore, any approach for Rangers’ Nikica Jelavic would have to be seen as a ‘punt’ but could there be some mileage in pursuing the 26 year old Croatian? The striker averages around a goal every one and a half games and while Championship side West Ham have reportedly made a bid, some EPL sides including Liverpool are thought to be interested.
Meanwhile, Celtic’s James Forrest has appeared in these pages before and anyone who was watched Scottish football can tell that there is something special about the winger. That may have led to a price tag of £10m that in itself could put Spurs off, although Harry is currently denying any firm approach.
“He’s a good player but we’ve not made any bids,” Harry said. “If we did, I would speak to Neil Lennon. He’s a player we’ve had watched but he belongs to Celtic.
“At the moment, we’re not in the market to really do anything. We’re looking at a few options but nothing definite.”
Those comments may back up what most of us suspect: There will be no new faces at the Lane this season but could the Old Firm duo of Jelavic and Forrest do a job here?