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Jelavic targets European push


Nikica Jelavic

Nikica Jelavic

Nikica Jelavic

New Everton striker Nikica Jelavic hopes he can score the goals to help bring European football back to the club.

The Croatia international, signed from Rangers on deadline day for a reported £5.5million, is keen to be involved against Wigan on Saturday. But the longer-term aim the 26-year-old has set is to return the club to the European stage.

"Europe is something special and we need to play well if we want to get there, but everyone among the players wants to play in Europe," he said.

"I know Everton have not scored much this season but I don't feel the pressure, I like a challenge.

"I will do my best to score many goals. I am always looking to be better every day and my ambitions are to play well and to be useful for the team and score as many goals as possible.

"Playing in Scotland helped me a lot and I think I am ready. The Premier League is something on a higher level and I hope it will be good for me. I don't think I will need time to settle."

Fellow deadline-day signing Steven Pienaar is also hoping to have an impact, having returned to the club he left a year ago on loan from Tottenham.

The South Africa international has made just seven appearances this season, only two of those in the Barclays Premier League and both as substitute.

But, having followed in the footsteps of American Landon Donovan in returning to the club on loan, he hopes he can have as much impact as the Los Angeles Galaxy forward.

"You have to look at someone to inspire you and you only have to see what Landon Donovan has done in the last couple of games and I hope to be able to do the same," he said.