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Everton Agree Deal to Sign Rangers Striker Nikica Jelavic

Ibrox forward set for Goodison Park move.

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Everton and Rangers have struck a deal for the transfer of striker Nikica Jelavic, according to Sky Sports sources.

The Croatian striker has been linked with a host of clubs this month following a series of impressive performances in the SPL during the first half of the season.

Ally McCoist has made it clear that he would prefer to keep Jelavic but the level of interest has been so great that it looks as though Gers may have been able to agree what they believe to be a good deal.

David Moyes dodged questions about his interest in the 26-year-old on Monday after it emerged that Everton had lodged a bid over the weekend.

It is now understood that the two clubs have reached an agreement over a fee, with the Toffees able to spend some money following the sale of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow.

SOURCE: Sky Sports

David Moyes may well have done a great bit of business here. Whilst it’s true that scoring goals aplenty in the SPL doesn’t necessarily equate to being able to do so in a ‘bigger’ league, Nikica Jelavic appears to have the ability to make it South of the Border and a number of prospective suitors must have also been tracking the Rangers man.

The 26 year old has netted 17 goals this season and would perhaps have been more amenable to sticking with his Glasgow side if they hadn’t lost the upper hand to a Celtic side who have recently completed their 12th straight win. However with the Euro 2012 finals around the corner Jelavic may have felt that a high profile Premier League move would help secure a regular spot in Slaven Bilic’s starting eleven.

Everton has struggled for goals, a problem highlighted by the fact that one of the club’s joint top scorers, with three goals, is left back Leighton Baines. Louis Saha and Tim Cahill have just one goal apiece so Moyes will look to Jelavic to hit the ground running as he looks to push his Toffees side towards the top six.

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