Premier League clubs could miss out on Serbian goalscorer

A number of Premier League sides, including West Ham, Liverpool and Everton, have been dealt a blow as Nantes intend to keep striker Filip Djordjevic.

The Serbian hitman has been a revelation over the past two seasons, with his displays improving gradually ever since moving to France from Red Star Belgrade in 2011. With 28 goals in 48 appearances, as well as three goals in eight caps for Serbia, Djordjevic is in a rich vein of goalscoring form.

But with his contract expiring next summer, teams such as Everton, Liverpool and West Ham United reportedly cast admiring glances at the Nantes striker, but the Ligue 1 side are determined to keep their star man.

"I've made contract offers to him for the last month and it's down to him to respond," said president Waldemar Kita, "It's impossible that he's already reached an agreement with another club as he would have told me about it.

"If he uses logical reasoning then he'll sign for us without hesitating. I've always protected Filip and if it wasn't for me he'd have left a long time ago.

"Filip needs to reflect well. He's the captain and star at one of the best teams in France. How would he cope with not being the star elsewhere? I know his personality well."

Everton have recently found out that Ivorian striker Arouna Kone will miss the rest of the season with an achilles injury, and with Romelu Lukaku set to return to parent club Chelsea in the summer, manager Roberto Martinez is looking for a long term striking option for the Toffees, prompting his interest in Djordjevic.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly looking for another striker with summer signing Iago Aspas failing to impress, and having been linked with Greek international Kostas Mitroglou, it seems Rodgers is looking for a more physical presence up front, which is something Djordjevic would certainly provide the Reds.

Down at Upton Park, West Ham have been struggling to score goals this season, and with Andy Carroll's absence the Hammers need somebody to step up. Manager Sam Allardyce may be tempted to add Djordjevic in the January transfer window, with most teams hoping the Serbian's contract situation will lead to a knock-down price.

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