Report: West Ham and Aston Villa tried to sign former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic

West Ham and Aston Villa both failed in approaches for Nikola Kalinic.

West Ham and Aston Villa both failed in approaches to sign striker Nikola Kalinic, report Tuttomercatoweb.

Kalinic signed for Fiorentina this summer instead from Ukrainian side Dnipro, and has hit the ground running for the Serie A side.

He has five goals in his opening seven games for the Serie A side, and looks a snip at just £3.85 million.

The 27-year-old has experience of playing in England, signed by Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers in 2009.

He failed to settle however, scoring 13 times in 53 games. A move to Dnipro was more productive, netting 49 goals in 124 matches, attracting interest from sides across Europe.

West Ham's interest is not surprising, given he would be well known to fellow Croatian, and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

Aston Villa too have money available for new additions, thanks to cashing in on Christian Benteke in the summer for £32 million.

Kalinic may just be an opportunity missed, certainly if he can keep up his early form for Europa League side Fiorentina.


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