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Stoke City interested in signing Nikica Jelavic

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Croatian international Nikica Jelavic is apparently linked with a move to Stoke City in January, according to The Daily Mail.

The Potters boss Mark Hughes considers the talented Everton striker as a top transfer target, as he aims to solve the club's striker crisis, having seen his main men in Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters fail to shine this season.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez had earlier insisted that he is open to the sale of the former Rangers man, as a lack of first-team would hamper the player's chances of featuring for the Croatian national side during the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.

“If the right thing appears for the players, I will have to consider it and look into it,” Martinez said. “I am quite open-minded about it. If they don’t play minutes. It will affect their World Cup chances. I can understand that."

Jelavic has struggled for form at the Toffees this season, and has yet to score a goal in the League so far.