Moyes' joy at Jelavic deal

Everton boss delighted to boost striking options with Croatian

Nikica Jelavic: Has joined Everton and manager David Moyes is delighted with the signing

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David Moyes is hoping Everton's deadline day recruit Nikica Jelavic will help to improve his team's goal output for the rest of the season.

The Toffees have scored just 23 goals in as many Premier League games this season after Darron Gibson notched the only goal in Tuesday's win over leaders Manchester City.

Jelavic was paraded to the Everton faithful at half-time in the game after he finalised his move from SPL champions Rangers.

The Croatian boasted an impressive strike rate during his time at Rangers and Moyes is confident Jelavic will be hungry to score goals ahead of Euro 2012.

With Moyes also having agreed to let Louis Saha join Tottenham Hotspur before the deadline, he is hoping Jelavic's arrival will enable Everton to build on the win over City.


"It is great news for us," said Moyes. "We have been looking for a centre-forward for a while. We just hope now he can help us score some goals and we can build on the performance (against City).

"Denis (Stracqualursi) has done great and with Jelavic coming in hopefully it bodes well for the coming months. I think he would have seen the hard work that the players put in.

"He is coming from a great football club but I think he is coming to another great football club. He really wants to play in the Premier League and he really wants to play for Everton. That goes a long way.

"He will also want to play for Croatia in the European Championship so hopefully that will keep his form good, keep him hungry to score and play well."