Big Sam - Jelavic too pricey

Boss believes Hammers have dropped interest in Rangers striker

Nikica Jelavic: Everton now appear to be in pole position to sign Rangers forward

Loading Market ...

Football Betting

Up To £30 Free Matched Bet

Sam Allardyce believes West Ham have dropped their interest in Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic after finding a potential transfer 'too expensive'.

Sky Bet Odds

Racing Nav - 4.20pm Countdown to deadline day and we've got all the latest markets - including Jelavic to sign for Everton 1/2, Samba to sign for QPR 2/5 and Bridge to sign for Sunderland 4/1. Bet Now.

Rangers chairman Craig Whyte and West Ham chairman David Sullivan had held casual talks over the striker as the Hammers seek reinforcements to boost their push for the Premier League.

But Hammers boss Allardyce says they have been priced out of the race for the Croatian frontman, who is also being linked to Everton.

The West Ham boss told Sky Sports News: "If I'm led to believe where it is at the moment, for us it was too expensive.

"Too expensive - full stop."

Asked if the club had dropped their interest in the striker, he replied: "Yes."