Report suggests Aston Villa's prospective newbie Lovre Kalinic will have work permit application rejected

The giant Croatian may have to wait a while to secure his move.

This week has seen Aston Villa finally agree a deal with Lovre Kalinic, according to reports.

The giant stopper has been in talks with Villa this week as the Daily Mail say a £4.9 million fee has been agreed between Villa and his current club Hajduk Split.

The 6ft 7ins Croatian international is seen as a real challenger to Brad Guzan, who has been in poor form so far this season.

Reports in Croatia this morning however suggest a problem. Index are claiming that Kalinic does not have the requisite qualifications to be eligible for a work permit to play football in the UK.

The report states that Kalinic has agreed a contract with Villa but that until the work permit is awarded he will not make the move.

Index believe he will have his first application rejected outright as he has not fulfilled the quota of playing 75 per cent of games for Croatia in the past two years - playing just once.

However Index goes on to report that Kalinic is in with a good shout of winning on appeal. As a goalkeeper chances in the national team are slimmer than other positions and that is taken into account, whilst Villa have also offered a lengthy dossier on his immense talent.

Despite being part of the EU the UK imposed limits on work migration from Croatia upon its inception.

Villa fans will hope an exception is made for the giant stopper.

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