Report: Aston Villa pursuing Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, 25-year-old keen on Villa transfer

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Aston Villa are reportedly pursuing Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic from Hajduk Split.

According to the Daily Mirror, Aston Villa are lining up a January move to sign Croatian international goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic from Hajduk Split.

Villa remain bottom of the Premier League table after Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to West Ham, which means they now have just eight points from 18 games this term.

It's clear that new manager Remi Garde needs reinforcements in January, and one position that fans want to see resolved is goalkeeper.

Current shot stopper Brad Guzan has come in for plenty of criticism this season, and it's been assumed for some weeks now that Garde will look for a new custodian in January.

Now, The Mirror report that one of Villa's top targets is Hajduk Split star Lovre Kalinic, who has picked up two caps for the Croatian national team.

It's stated that Villa's head of goalkeeping recruitment, Tony Coton, has been in Croatia watching Kalinic, and believes the 25-year-old has what it takes to become a top goalkeeper.

At a giant 6ft 7in tall, Kalinic is certainly an imposing figure, and it's even added that, despite Villa's struggles at the bottom of the table, Kalinic is keen on a move to Villa Park as he looks to make a name for himself, possibly in England.

It's also believed that Hajduk are looking for a fee just shy of £3m, which should be well within Villa's budget next month - but Villa will still need more new signings even if they do manage to land giant goalkeeper Kalinic in January.

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