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Hull City were close to signing Nikica Jelavic after agreeing a fee with Premier League rivals Everton for the Croatia striker.
LONDON: Hull City were close to signing Nikica Jelavic after agreeing a fee with Premier League rivals Everton for the Croatia striker.
Both clubs confirmed the news on their Twitter feeds on Friday, with Hull saying they expected to begin discussions with Jelavic on personal terms in the next few days.
"We have agreed a fee with @Everton for Nikica Jelavic, and will enter talks with the striker over the coming days," a tweet from Hull said.
Hull manager Steve Bruce has made no secret of his desire to sign a striker during the January transfer window in a bid to bolster the forward power of the Tigers, currently 10th to Everton's fifth in the table.
But he felt obliged to apologise to both West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland for reports linking Hull with moves for Shane Long and Steven Fletcher respectively, which the former Manchester United captain said had nothing to do with him or his staff.
Jelavic joined Everton from fallen Scottish giants Rangers for £5 million ($8 million) in January 2012 and then scored 11 goals before the end of the campaign to finish as the Merseyside club's top scorer.
But his form fell away in the latter half of last season and he has since struggled to impress new manager Roberto Martinez, who came in at the start of the current campaign following David Moyes's move to Manchester United.
Romelu Lukaku's arrival on loan from Chelsea did little for the Everton prospects of Jelavic, who is yet to score a league goal for the Toffees this season.