Nikica Jelavic to Hull City: Tigers Sign Striker for Undisclosed Fee

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  Nikica Jelavic of Everton celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Everton and Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park on January 4, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Hull City have confirmed the capture of striker Nikica Jelavic as their first January transfer signing, bringing an end to the Croatian's two-year stay at Goodison Park.    

Both the Tigers and Everton confirmed the move via their official club Twitter accounts:

Although the figure of the transfer is undisclosed, Goal.com reports that Hull City have broken their previous record in order to bring the 28-year-old to the KC Stadium.

Everton have announced on their official club website that the forward has put pen to paper over a three-and-a-half-year deal with his new team, which will expire in the summer of 2017.

As Back Page Football points out, the Toffees have once again been shrewd in their transfer business this year:

Jelavic arrived on Merseyside in January 2012, quickly making an impact and scoring nine goals in his first 10 Premier League starts, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.

However, playing time has gradually diminished for the former Rangers hitman, who has managed to make just 10 appearances across all competitions this term.

Robert Martinez's system requires just one central striker, with Romelu Lukaku accounting for the starting spot, the likes of Arouna Kone and Jelavic slipping into the shadows as a result.

However, Hull could still have a promising asset at their disposal if Steve Bruce can revive some of the forward's more prolific form.

So far this season, Bruce has utilised Danny Graham, Yannick Sagbo and Sone Aluko up front for the most part, but Jelavic's signature has more refined quality to it than any of those options.

The striker has proven that he's capable of impressing in front of goal among England's giants, but he requires a substantial rise in playing time if he's to have an impact one again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  Nikica Jelavic of Everton runs into to score their second goal during the Budweiser FA Cup Third Round match between Everton and Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park on January 4, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Cl
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Hull currently sit 10th in the Premier League, but it's their defence that's been lacking most of all, with just 22 goals scored in their first 21 games of the season.

Jealvic's acquisition will look to reinvigorate that aspect of the team, offering a proficient presence up top that the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore will be hoping to capitalise upon.