Hull City have agreed a fee with Everton for Croatian international striker Nikica Jelavic.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to a number of Premier League clubs, including Crystal Palace and West Ham.
It now seems that Hull is the striker’s likely next destination in January. Jelavic still has to agree personal terms, but the Croatian will be looking to move on to aide his chances of making his country’s World Cup squad for this summer.
Jelavic arrived at Everton two years ago and made an impressive start to his Toffees career, netting 10 goals in his first 15 games. However, for the last season and a half he has struggled to find the net.
Last season the Croatian scored seven goals in the Premier League, which was a disappointing return considering his nine top-flight goals in just half a season in the prior campaign.
This season the Croatian has been dropped to the bench, with Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku preferred in the lone striker role. He opened his scoring account for the season with a brace in the Toffees 4-0 FA Cup victory over QPR last weekend.
Nikica Jelavic has completely lost his confidence because of the lack of goals and he has often looked a bewildered figure at times for the Toffees. The Croatian took his goals against the Hoops really well and it appeared his confidence had slightly returned, an example of that the striker chipping a penalty against the bar, as he sought out his hat-trick.
Maybe a move could help him regain his confidence and the goals will start flowing again. One thing is for sure if he stays at Everton he will not be getting much game time at all.
Hull are enjoying a decent first season back in the Premier League, sitting comfortably in midtable in the league. The Tigers are looking to survive and progress this season. However, Hull are not heavily loaded with strikers.
Hull boss Steve Bruce is looking to strengthen his attack and it is believed that Jelavic is his primary transfer target in January. It looks like the Hull boss will get his man with an agreement between the two clubs.
The Croatian just needs to agree personal terms with the club from Humberside. It may not be the worst move in the world for the former-Rangers striker.
The Tigers seem like a club on the up and they would definitely offer Jelavic regular first team football for the rest of the season and boost his chances of making that Croatia squad for the World Cup.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stated that he would not sell Jelavic unless he could find a replacement, so the Spaniard may use the funds to bring in a new striker in January.
The Toffees have already signed Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady from Russian club Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee, but that is unlikely to be Martinez’s only bit of transfer business.
Martinez has made some outstanding signings so far for the Toffees, mostly on-loan. However, the Spaniard is believed to have money available to spend in the transfer window. From what he has shown with his transfer dealings at Goodison in his short tenure the Spaniard will not waste it.
Nikica Jelavic moving to Hull City could be an ideal move for everybody. The Croatian international striker will get guaranteed first team football, Hull get a player that is capable of finding the net with the right service and management.
Everton will likely receive a decent fee and free up some wages. Everybody wins in this deal, apart from the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace, who were believed to be interested in signing the striker.
Is Nikica Jelavic moving to Hull a decent move for everybody involved?