Tuesday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers' grip on striker Nikica Jelavic looks increasingly tenuous after Everton agreed a fee of about £8m with the Glasgow club. (The Times)

Jelavic is locked in talks with the Merseyside club as Rangers agree to flog their main asset for £7m. (The Star)

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he will not be doing any business with Rangers for Jelavic until the Glasgow club drop their asking price. (The Scotsman)

Norwich captain Grant Holt could be a target for Rangers boss Ally McCoist as he scrambles to replace Jelavic, with St Johnstone's Francisco Sandaza and Spanish midfielder Juanma Ortiz also possibilities. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are preparing a dramatic £7m bid for Celtic striker Gary Hooper. (The Sun)

Rangers owner Craig Whyte has sold off four years' worth of the club's season ticket money to fund his buy-out of the Ibrox outfit as HMRC officials investigate alleged non-payment of VAT since he gained control. (Daily Record)

Rapid Vienna star Hamdi Sahili has been on Celtic's radar for two weeks and could now be a shock candidate for the Bhoys along with Nigerian hitman Michael Uchebo. (The Star)

Jorge Molina facing faces being priced out of a move to Celtic today unless his current club Real Betis drops their asking price. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon is lining up a deal for ex-Rangers trialist and Honduras international Jorge Carlos. (The Star)

Fenlon is also running the rule over South Africa-capped trialist Matty Pattinson and Gambia international Pa Saikou Kujabi. (The Herald)

Celtic's Mark Wilson will join Leeds United on loan until the end of the season. (The Herald)

Dundee United have rebuffed two approaches from Celtic for striker Johnny Russell, but are willing to drop their £1.5m asking price for the player. (The Scotsman)

Hearts owner Valdimir Romanov may have to revise his wage sums after the Tynecastle exodus failed to materialise. (The Scotsman)

Meanwhile, Neil Lennon could be ready to add German striker Patrick Helmes to his squad before the transfer window closes. (The Times)

Lennon has also been credited with declaring an interest in Wolves wide man Stephen Hunt. (The Express)

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas has agreed deals to take Celtic youngster James Keatings and Spurs' Kudus Oyenuga on loan until the end of the season. (The Star)

Hearts are listening to offers for David Templeton, Marius Zaliukas and Marian Kello ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Ryan Stevenson - who has completed a move from Tynecastle to Ipswich - says in 22 months at the Edinburgh club he was only paid on time on four occasions. (The Sun)

Scotland boss Craig Levein is in talks to play an end-of-season friendly with the USA. (The Record)