Hull signs Croatia striker Jelavic from Everton

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014
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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 club's outspoken Egyptian owner.

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 3½-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 England's top division, but is just five points above the relegation zone.

Many fans' delight at their team's start to the season has been tempered by the recent comments of Hull's owner, Assem Allam, who has applied to the Football Association to change the club's 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.

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