West Ham complete the signing of Nikica Jelavic from Hull City

It’s the Hammers third signing of the day along with Alex Song and Victor Moses

West Ham have announced the signing of striker Nikica Jelavic from Hull City as the Premier League club take their number of deadline day signings to three.

The 30-year-old has signed an initial two-year deal at Upton Park, where he will link up again with manager Slaven Bilic after playing for the West Ham boss during his time in charge of Croatia.

He follows Alex Song and Victor Moses, both on season-long loan deals, into West Ham on a busy day for the club having scored one Championship goal for the Tigers this season.

The former Rangers forward will now be looking to get back into top-flight action having scored eight goals in Hull’s relegation from the Premier League last season.


Jelavic, who underwent surgery on a long-term knee problem earlier this year, admits the lure of playing under Bilic was part of the attraction in moving to east London.

“I’ve played for Slaven before for the Croatia national team and he is a great manager and a great man,” he told West Ham TV.

“I am really happy and delighted to be working with him and all his staff again. I am very excited to be signing for West Ham United, especially as it is a big club and I didn’t know until a couple of days ago that I would have the opportunity to come here.

“Of course it is always a target to play in the Premier League, so when I found out that West Ham wanted me there was no doubt that I wanted to come here.”