Hull signed Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic for a reported club-record fee on Wednesday in a deal that is unlikely to appease supporters amid the latest controversy engulfing the clubs outspoken Egyptian owner. https://www.houstonf.../97-Jersey . Jelavic left Everton, where he had lost his first-team place, to move to Hull for a reported fee of 6.5 million pounds ($10.6 million) on a 3 1/2-year deal. "As soon as the manager called me, I realized straight away that he was really interested in signing me and that it is a great opportunity for me to come here," the 28-year-old Jelavic said. Jelavic is likely to be joined at the KC Stadium by another forward, Shane Long from West Bromwich Albion, in the coming days as Hull strengthens its attack for the second half of the season as the club battles to avoid relegation. Hull is 10th in the standings after a solid start to life back in Englands top division, but is just five points above the relegation zone. Many fans delight at their teams start to the season has been tempered by the recent comments of Hulls owner, Assem Allam, who has applied to the Football Association to change the clubs official name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers. On Tuesday, he threatened to quit the club within 24 hours if the FA rejects his application. "No one on earth is allowed to question my business decisions. I wont allow it," Allam said in an interview with Sky Sports. "Im here to save the club and manage the club for the benefit of the community. It will never be the other way round -- take it from me." Allam, who is reported to have injected around 70 million pounds ($115 million) into the northern club since rescuing it from financial ruin in 2010, wants to rebrand Hull to boost its marketability abroad. Retaining its Premier League status will be key to that appeal, and the signing of Jelavic could clearly help a side that has scored only 22 goals in 21 league games this season. Jelavic has largely been used as a substitute at Everton this season following the loan signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea. He previously played for Hajduk Split, Rapid Vienna and Rangers. "I can see straight away that there is a lot of ambition here within the club and I hope that we can build on the great start to the season and become a really strong Premier League team over the coming years," Jelavic said. https://www.houstonf.../81-Jersey . Smith has spent the last three seasons with the Rockies, playing both left and right field, and has a .275 batting average with 51 homers and 181 RBIs in 487 major league games. https://www.houstonf.../58-Jersey . "Weve given ourselves now a tougher task," said Carlyle after the Friday practice, the Toronto head coach notably chipper and upbeat throughout. "But the bottom line is we just have to win our share of games [and] not worry about what anybody else is doing.Juan Mata believes Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford is a great player in the making. The 18-year old striker once again stole the headlines on Sunday, after scoring the decisive goal in Uniteds 1-0 win over rivals Manchester City.Rashford now has five goals in eight senior appearances, and became the youngest-ever scorer in a Premier League Manchester derby with his latest strike. Mata, who set up the games only goal, has hailed the forward as a future star, but stressed he must be given the time to develop. Juan Mata (R) is backing Marcus Rashford (L) for big things in the future Marcus showed again that he is a great player in the making, said the Spaniard. We all believe in him, although we must remember hes still very young and hes just arrived in the first team.Rashfords fellow-United academy product Jesse Lingard echoed those sentiments, and revealed he is helping the young striker remain focused.He was buzzing, but I was keeping him grounded, joked Lingard. He is already grounded anyway to be fair and is looking forward to the rest of his career. Jesse Lingard has played a key role for Manchester United this season Uniteds win moved them just one point behind fourth-placed City in their battle for Champions League qualification for next season. https://www.houstonf.../25-Jersey. . Utd have great chance of top four Steve Round says Utd have big chance of Champions League It is a massive win and a massive boost going into the international break, added Lingard. But we have to kick on now and focus on beating Everton. Lingard says United boss Louis Van Gaal was buzzing after their Manchester derby victory It is interesting now but we have to take it game by game, get our recovery, get our rest and go again. Also See: Louis lads United top-four contenders Rashford claims derby spoils Ref Watch: Penalty for Rashford ' ' '