By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Nikica Jelavic has joined Chinese second division side Beijing Renhe on a permanent deal, West Ham confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

The Croatia international has ended a five-and-a-half-month spell in east London, where he has made just a single Premier League start.

The 30-year-old had fallen further down the West Ham pecking order after the arrival of the Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike in the January transfer window.

The former Hull City, Everton and Rangers striker is the latest high-profile addition to Chinese football, following the likes of Ramires, Jackson Martinez and Alex Teixeira to the mega-rich league.

Jelavic’s transfer underlines China’s increasing financial clout to recruit stars from the world’s top leagues, given that his new club were relegated from the country’s top flight last season.

Jelavic made little impression at the Hammers, scoring just two goals in 14 appearances.

In a statement, the club said: “West Ham United would like to thank Nikica for his hard work during his time at the Boleyn Ground and wish him all the best for his future career”.