Hull agree Jelavic fee

The Croatian has rarely featured for Everton since Roberto Martinez took the reins in the summer, prompting the Tigers to attempt to boost their goalscoring options

Everton have revealed that they have agreed a fee with Hull over the permanent transfer of Nikica Jelavic.

The Croatia international has struggled for minutes under Roberto Martinez this season, appearing just 10 times for the Toffees and scoring just twice.

Both of those goals came in the club’s FA Cup third round tie with QPR last Saturday while the four appearances prior to that have come from the substitute’s bench.

A statement on the Everton official Twitter account read: “Everton agree a fee with Hull for permanent transfer of Nikica Jelavic and give permission for him to speak to the Tigers.”

Steve Bruce’s side are 11th in the Premier League goalscoring charts, a position which was boosted by the club’s 6-0 win over Fulham recently, and have been linked with West Brom’s Shane Long in recent days.

Robbie Brady is the Tigers’ top league goalscorer with just three in his 13 appearances, while frontman Danny Graham has struggled to find the back of the net with just a solitary strike to his name, forcing Bruce to seek out reinforcements.

'I'll wage war to keep Casillas' – Ancelotti

The coach says it is incredibly difficult to pick between “the best two goalkeepers in the world” and that he has no intention of selling off the Blancos skipper

Carlo Ancelotti has said he will “wage war” to keep hold of Iker Casillas and hopes that the Real Madrid captain retires at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spain international has been out of the Blancos‘ first team for a year now, having picked up a hand injury in January 2012 and failing to usurp Diego Lopez as No.1 under Jose Mourinho and subsequently Ancelotti.

“It was not an easy decision, I have two goalkeepers of high quality, the best two in the world,” the Italian trainer told RNE.

“I started with Diego as my No.1, but then did not consider that Casillas would not play. Rotating goalkeepers is not the most desirable thing, it is not easy, but they have understood.

“I’ll fight the same way I did for Xabi. This team have key players representing the club and I will wage war for Casillas to finish his career here, in Madrid.”

Ancelotti also suggested that Real Madrid lagging behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in la Liga could be down to their alteration in style under him from Mourinho’s methods the prior three seasons.

“We’re not doing as well because we changed philosophy this season,” he added. “Last year’s Madrid played more on the counterattack, we want to play with more possession. It takes time to adjust.

“It will take a little longer to catch Barcelona and Atletico. I am aware that some people’s patience is limited, which is normal because Madrid have to try to win every year.

“If we beat Espanyol this weekend then we’ll have 47 points halfway through the season, which is not bad. But Barca or Atletico could have 52.”

Xabi Alonso confirmed he had signed a new Madrid deal in midweek and Ancelotti says the only other player like the Spaniard is Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo, while praising Luka Modric for improving while the star was injured.

“Xabi is an important signing for his quality and experience,” the former Chelsea and AC Milan boss continued. “Losing him [would have been awful] because there is not another player like him at his level.

“You can only compare Pirlo, who is 35 years old. Everybody loves Xabi here, he brings more balance to the team. Luka is much improved, though, he has shown his ability.”

Rotariu claims talks with Manchester United

The Dinamo Bucharest starlet, who has scored five goals in 17 league appearances this season, says he has been monitored by the Red Devils’ scouts

Dinamo Bucharest winger Dorin Rotariu claims he has held extensive talks with Manchester United officials.

The 18-year-old has scored five goals in 17 matches in the Romanian top flight this season and has been monitored by scouts from United.

Rotariu has also made one appearance for Romania’s Under-21 side.

“It was a meeting in Bucharest with Manchester United officials with whom I chatted for around two hours,” Rotariu told Romanian newspaper Ring.

“They wanted to know me personally, to see what kind of guy I am, what character I have. We didn’t just discuss football.

“I was told they are monitoring me. This gives me ambition and motivates me. When a club the size of Manchester has you in sight, you can only be proud.

“Honestly, I did not expect to happen quickly, but I tell you I will not go to your head. going to focus even more on every game and to give everything in training.

“I feel very well at Dinamo and I want to win trophies here. The cup is important for me and my colleagues.”

Marotta: No offers for Pogba

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are both said to be interested in the France international but neither club has yet made an official approach

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta insists that the club has yet to receive any offers for midfield ace Paul Pogba.

The France international has been linked with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks and the 20-year-old was recently pictured in the shirt of the Ligue 1 champions.

However, Marotta claims that no formal approach has been made by PSG – or any other club for that matter.

“Pogba? That’s just talk,” he told Tuttosport. “We have not received any offers.”

After nailing down a regular birth in Antonio Conte’s line-up in his first, title-winning season in Serie A, Pogba is now being touted as one of Europe’s brightest young talents.

Consequently, Juventus are currently trying to fend off potential suitors by tying the former Manchester United man down to a new four-year contract.

Toronto welcome 'global superstar' Defoe

The England striker will cost the Canadian side £6 million (€7.2m), an MLS record, and will be joined by United States midfielder Michael Bradley, after he was recruited from Roma

Jermain Defoe has been hailed as a “global superstar” upon his arrival at Toronto FC.

The Tottenham striker has agreed to join the Canadian side ahead of the start of the MLS season in March for a division record £6 million (€7.2m) fee.

The England international’s arrival represents a major coup for TFC as they reshape their squad under the stewardship of head coach Ryan Nelsen, who played with the striker during his short stint as a Spurs player.

“We are thrilled, for our club and for our fans, with the opportunity to bring a global football superstar like Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC,” said Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive of the franchise’s holding company, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE).

“We promised our fans in October that building a winning club was our top priority and we scoured the globe to find the right players to fulfil that promise.

“Right from the beginning of this process, Jermain Defoe was the top player on our list and we got our man.

“We would like to thank Tottenham as well as MLSE ownership for this very clear demonstration of our commitment to winning.

“Most importantly, we want to thank Toronto FC fans for their patience and support getting to this day.”

Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko added: “Jermain brings the complete package to Toronto FC.

“He is an accomplished scorer and I know that his skill and infectious personality will make him a popular star both in Toronto and around the League.”

Michael Bradley will join Defoe at the BMO field after leaving Roma.