Everton striker Nikica Jelavic had a big say in Kenny Dalglish's demise at Liverpool.

The Daily Star Sunday says it's understood that Croatian striker Jelavic was a Dalglish target but city rivals Everton sealed a £5million deal under Liverpool's noses on the last day of the transfer window.

A Merseyside source said: "Dalglish had spent more than £100million at Liverpool with mixed success.

"And the feeling now is that the owners were not prepared to give him any more money - even though Jelavic only cost us around £5million.

"And he has proved to be an absolute bargain buy by the club."