Hull City and Everton have announced via Twitter that they have reached an agreement for the transfer of Croatian international forward Nikica Jelavic.
Jelavic will be allowed to discuss personal terms with Hull, who currently sit 10th in the Premier League table. According to Hull's tweet, the player and club will hold talks "over the coming days."
BREAKING: Everton agree a fee with Hull for permanent transfer of Nikica Jelavic and give permission for him to speak to the Tigers.— Everton (@Everton) January 10, 2014
Neither club named a date for the transfer. According to the Daily Mirror's David Anderson, the transfer fee is believed to be £5.25 million.
Jelavic, 28, joined Everton in 2012 from Rangers and has scored 21 goals in 69 total appearances with the Toffees. This season, however, he has made only nine league appearances, scoring no goals, following the arrival of manager Roberto Martinez and on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Jelavic scored twice in Everton's win over Queens Park Rangers last weekend in the FA Cup. Everton are currently fifth in the Premier League table.
According to the Daily Star, Jelavic had previously been linked with Premier League club West Ham United. The Star reports that Hull will pay Everton about £3.5 million.
Hull were promoted to the Premier League for the 2013-14 season after finishing second in the Championship last season. The potential signing of Jelavic could signal a statement of intent on Hull's part to retain their Premier League status.
Jelavic might just be a canny signing by Steve Bruce if he can pull it off. A confidence player & Bruce the type of manager to instil it.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) January 10, 2014
For those asking RE Jelavic, Martinez has insisted any deal will only happen if it suits #EFC so trust him to have a replacement lined up— Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) January 10, 2014
Meanwhile, the Hull Daily Mail reports that Hull are making a £14 million double bid to sign Jelavic and West Brom striker Shane Long.