Everton striker Nikica Jelavic catching interest from Hamburg

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Nikica Jelavic could be on the move out of Goodison Park as Hamburg are keen on signing the Croatian striker.

Oliver Kreuzer, sporting director at Hamburg, informed the Hamburger Morgenpost that the Bundesliga club are interested in signing the 27 year old and promising talks have been held with Everton.

Kreuzer is a long-time admirer of Jelavic. “He is a great player,” the director said. “I know him very well. I wanted to get him out of Rapid Vienna and to Graz in 2010 before he went to Rangers. That transfer only just failed.”

The issue for Hamburg, who finished 7th in last year’s Bundesliga table, is one of finances as Kreuzer claims the club may need to sell before they can buy.

“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.”

After arriving on Merseyside in January 2012, Jelavic wowed crowds scoring nine goals in 13 Premier League contests. His second season, however, was another story as he struggled mightily, netting just seven goals in 37 Premier League starts.

The issue for Everton is whether last year’s form has deemed Jelavic surplus requirements. This summer has already seen the Toffees bring in two strikers, buying Arouna Kone from Wigan and signing Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu to a one year loan deal.

Competition up front thickens when considering the emergence of Victor Anichebe, who was Everton’s best striker last year, bulling his way to a six goal four assist haul over 26 Premier League competitions.

Everton’s great young hope, Ross Barkley, is another player more than capable of making an impact up front. The Toffees youth product, now 19 years old, has shown glimpses of stardom and could be poised for a major breakout in 2013-14.

Another factor in the potential sale of Jelavic is the value the Toffees can command from dealing him.

If manager Roberto Martinez needs to bring in additional players (a center midfielder is certainly in the cards) and Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright financially stonewalls him (which tends to be the case at Goodison Park) then the revenue from a Jelavic deal could come in handy.

The club would be smart, however, to spend some hard time thinking this one through. Merely because Jelavic endured a sophomore slump doesn’t mean he can’t recapture the form that endured him to Toffees supporters in 2012.

 

Burnley 0-1 West Brom: Robson-Kanu scores, sent-off in win

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  • Robson-Kanu scores, sent off
  • Burnley outshoots WBA 18-8
  • Baggies complete just 100 passes

Hal Robson-Kanu‘s late goal helped West Bromwich Albion to a bit of smash-and-grab at Turf Moor, where the Baggies beat Burnley 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Robson-Kanu did his best Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring as a substitute and then getting a red card to doom his team to 10 men.

Tony Pulis almost out-did his stingy self, as West Brom completed 253 less passes than the hosts.

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Burnley was better early, middle, and late, as Sam Vokes cued up Johann Berg Gudmundsson for a shot that fizzed just wide, and then Gudmundsson was stopped by Foster moments later.

Matt Phillips helped set the table for Robson-Kanu’s goal, winning a 50-50 ball into the path of the Welsh striker.

Robson-Kanu then bodied the ball around some poor Burnley defending and then beat Tom Heaton on a ball he normally manages to handle well.

The striker was then sent-off in the 83rd minute for an elbow to the head Matt Lowton.

 

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Bournemouth 0-2 Watford: Hornets sting late to nab win

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  • Richarlison scores 1st Hornets goal
  • Capoue makes it 2-0
  • Hornets out-attempt AFCB 20-6

Two goals in the final quarter-hour, one from new signing Richarlison, helped Watford to a 2-0 win over hosts Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Etienne Capoue scored Watford’s second goal with an 86th minute marker.

Bournemouth is one of four clubs so far to start with zero points through two matches. Watford has four points, ahead of Liverpool and Southampton on goal differential.

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Watford’s Tom Cleverley had a chance early that Nathan Ake blocked, and then Benik Afobe‘s in-tight finish was blocked by a sliding Miguel Britos.

Andre Gray burst down the right of the box to cut left for Richarlison, and the Brazilian collected a second chance while prone to make it 1-0 to the Hornets.

Capoue made it 2-0 with a low rocket in the 86th minute, giving Marco Silva‘s men insurance after collecting Steve Cook‘s softly headed clearing attempt.

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VIDEO: Mexican striker Hernandez bags brace for West Ham

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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has his first and second Premier League goals since 2014 to open his account as a West Ham United player, though the Hammers lost 3-2 to Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Both arrived in fitting fashion, and with West Ham down to 10 men.

Mexico’s first-class poacher was in his office to finish with ease after Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster pushed a Michail Antonio shot onto his path, and then did it again in the closing stages.

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Hernandez raced past his marker to finish and give the 10-man Irons a chance at a St. Mary’s comeback following a red card to Marko Arnautovic.

Dusan Tadic, Charlie Austin, and Manolo Gabbiadini scored for Saints.

See the first goal atop the page, and the second below:

Leicester 2-0 Brighton: Foxes ease past Seagulls

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  • Okazaki, Maguire on target for Leicester
  • Brighton yet to score goal in PL
  • Mahrez involved in both goals
  • Leicester on three points for the season

Leicester City eased to a 2-0 victory against new boys Brighton & Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Riyad Mahrez was influential as he was involved in everything good which Leicester did and Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire popped up with a goal in each half for the win.

The Foxes now have three points on the board, while Brighton have yet to score in the PL and have zero points. Life is tough at the top.

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Leicester took the lead in the first minute as Mahrez danced past two defenders and his strike was palmed away by Matt Ryan to Okazaki who finished. 1-0 to the Foxes after 52 seconds.

The home side should have been 2-0 up in the first half with Okazaki dispossessing Markus Suttner but Jamie Vardy missed a great chance from his cross.

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Brighton improved after their early struggles with Glenn Murray having a goal disallowed for offside.

Matty James fired over for Leicester and Okazaki missed a glorious chance before the break to make it 2-0.

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Leicester did go 2-0 up at the start of the second half as Mahrez’s corner to the back post found Maguire who headed home on his home PL debut to double the Foxes’ lead.

Murray couldn’t be found in the box as Brighton tried to get back in the game with Chris Hughton throwing on Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed to try and find a way back in.

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Hemed forced Kasper Schmeichel into a fine save after coming on, but Mahrez went close down the other end as Leicester finished the game strongly, just as they started it.