Transfer news: Hull City agree fee with Everton for striker Nikica Jelavic
Talks over personal terms are in discussion after Tigers confirm an agreement is in place over a transfer
Hull City have agreed a fee with Everton for Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic and will now discuss personal terms with the player.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez had made it clear that Jelavic, 28, would be allowed to leave Goodison Park if a suitable bid was made.
And Hull boss Steve Bruce appears to have met that asking price, with attacking reinforcements marked as a priority this transfer window, his Hull side having scored just 22 goals in their last 20 league games.
Jelavic joined Everton from Rangers in January 2012 for a fee of £5.5 million, starting brightly with nine goals in his first 13 appearances for the club. But he went on to score just two goals in the whole of 2013, and this season lost his place to on loan Chelsea starlet Romelu Lukaku.
A statement on Hull's official club website read: "Hull City have reached an agreement with Everton over the transfer of striker Nikica Jelavic and will now enter talks with the player.
"The 28-year-old Croatian international has scored 21 goals in 69 appearances for Everton since joining them from Rangers in January 2012."
Jelavic started his career with Croatian side Hadjuk Split, before spells at Zulte Waregem in Switzerland and Rapid Wienna in Austria – where he was at his most prolific, netting 43 times in 95 games. He made the move to Scotland in 2010, helping Rangers to a league and cup double in his debut season.
He has been used sparingly by Everton this term, but did pop with a brace in their 4-0 FA Cup win over QPR earlier this month.
The deal is expected to be concluded within the next 24 hours.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo: Unhappy forward is ready to quit Real Madrid, according to Angel Di Maria
Commonwealth Games 2014: Australia launch Glasgow swimwear - but are criticised for drawing attention to the 'crotch' area
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp concerned with Dortmund injuries and praises signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez
Hull City vs West Ham match report: Enner Valencia stars as honours shared at the KC Stadium
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: Ramon Calderon claims Real Madrid star is 'fed up'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 4 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 5 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'