David Gold claims 'Slaven is delighted' after reuniting with Nikica Jelavic at West Ham

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David Gold has revealed that Slaven Bilic is delighted to have signed Nikica Jelavic.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has told the club's official website that manager Slaven Bilic is 'delighted' to have signed Nikica Jelavic.

The Hammers were the most of active of all Premier League clubs on deadline day, bringing in four new players to complete their summer transfer business.

Midfielder Alex Song, wingers Michail Antonio and Victor Moses as well as striker Nikica Jelavic all arrived at Upton Park in the final hours of the transfer window.

One of the more intriguing signings was that of Jelavic, who reunites with his former Croatia boss Bilic at West Ham having suffered relegation with Hull City last season.

The 30-year-old hit eight goals for the Tigers last term, and will be hoping to play a huge part with the Hammers, who have been dealt injury blow after injury blow in attack.

With Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate all sidelined right now, Jelavic could be thrown into action after the international break - and co-chairman David Gold has told the club's official website that manager Bilic is particularly delighted to have signed Jelavic.

"We also needed to bring in another striker and I know that Slaven is delighted to see Nikica Jelavic join the Club," said Gold. "He will fit straight into the squad and is an experienced pro. Slaven is very familiar with him and they have worked together in the past. I'm sure he will get the best out of him," he added.

Jelavic's familiarity with Bilic makes him a sensible signing for West Ham, and whilst he may not be the big name West Ham fans were looking for, the striker should be able to fit in quickly given his Premier League experience.

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