Everton signs Croatia striker Jelavic from Rangers

Everton has strengthened its scoring options by signing Croatia

striker Nikica Jelavic from Rangers.

The 26-year-old Jelavic, who joins on a 4 1/2-year deal, will

look to add a cutting edge to Everton’s attack after scoring 36

goals in 55 matches for Rangers since joining from Rapid Vienna in

August 2010.

Only Wigan has scored fewer goals in the Premier League this

season than Everton, which eight points clear of the relegation

zone in 14th place.

Jelavic is Everton’s third signing of the January transfer

window, after United States winger Landon Donovan joined on loan

from Los Angeles Galaxy and midfielder Darron Gibson arrived from

Manchester United.