West Ham signing Nikica Jelavic reacts after completing reunion with 'great manager' Bilic

Nikica Jelavic

West Ham have signed Nikica Jelavic from Hull City.

As confirmed above, West Ham United have snapped up veteran Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic on an initial two-year contract.

The 30-year-old hit eight goals for Hull last season, but his exploits in front of goal couldn't keep the Tigers in the top flight as they suffered relegation to the Championship.

However, the former Rangers star has made an instant return to the Premier League, as West Ham United have snapped him up on a permanent basis.

With injuries to Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate, the Hammers have been left short of bodies up front, with Jelavic now adding experienced cover at Upton Park.

The move may be ideal for West Ham, especially considering that Jelavic is very familiar with manager Slaven Bilic from their time together with the Croatian national team.

Bilic regularly called Jelavic up for international duty during his time in charge of Croatia, and now the duo reunite in this transfer deal.

Speaking to the West Ham official website after completing the deal, Jelavic admitted that he is delighted to have reunited with Bilic, adding that he is a 'great manager'.

"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," said Jelavic. "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."

"I’ve played for Slaven before for the Croatia national team and he is a great manager and a great man. I am really happy and delighted to be working with him and all his staff again. I’ll be joining a team that’s on a high after the result on Saturday," he added.

Jelavic's familiarity with Bilic certainly bodes well for West Ham, and whilst it is't a big name arrival that Hamemrs fans wanted, he gives experienced, proven cover to Bilic in a tough time for the club.

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