Toffees agree fee for Jelavic

The 26-year-old Croatia international has been at Everton’s

Finch Farm training complex on Tuesday morning to discuss personal

terms and undergo a medical.

No details of the fee have been revealed but Rangers were

thought to value the player at £8million, having previously

rejected a £7million package from West Ham.

There were also reports the Merseysiders had been knocked back

with a prior offer, so it remains to be seen whether a compromise

has now been agreed with the Scottish champions.

A report on the club’s website read: “Everton can confirm a fee

has been agreed with Rangers for the transfer of Croatian

international Nikica Jelavic.”

Everton manager David Moyes has money available following the

sale of winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow at the

weekend for a fee believed to be around £5million.

The Toffees will now hope to conclude the deal well before their

home league clash with Manchester City.

Cash-strapped Rangers have been reluctant to part company with

their influential forward, who has scored 36 goals in 55 matches

since arriving from Rapid Vienna in 2010, but must take the

financial aspect into consideration.

The player was also thought to be keen on a move to England

having been linked with other clubs including Liverpool and QPR

this month.

He would become the third addition to Moyes’ squad this month

following a loan deal for Landon Donovan and the permanent signing

of Darron Gibson.