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Lovre Kalinic comments on failed Aston Villa move after completing £2.6m Gent switch

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The Croatian saw a move to Villa collapse last January.

Former Aston Villa transfer target Lovre Kalinic has been discussing the collapse of his move to Villa Park last season, as he completes a move to Belgian side Gent.

Kalinic has agreed to join the Belgian side, in a deal that will be made official on the 1st January. According to Het Nieuwsblad he has joined for a fee of €3.1 million (£2.6 million) and will be looking to be a hit in Belgian football.

Last January Aston Villa agreed a deal with the 6ft 7ins Croatian international.

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The giant goalkeeper had been in talks with Villa for some time and the Daily Mail reported that a £4.9 million fee had been agreed between Villa and his club, Hajduk Split.

It soon emerged however that Kalinic would not be making the move. As reported by Index Kalinic did not have the requisite qualifications to be eligible for a work permit to play football in the UK. He had not fulfilled the quota of playing 75 per cent of games for Croatia in the past two years - playing just once.

Speaking about his failed Villa move this week he told 24sata in Croatia he quickly forgot about it:

“I was not (worried it would break down) because the people of Ghent were initially concrete. They looked at me a year ago, they were in touch with my agents and had a great desire to bring me.

“Aston Villa was a different story. Quickly forgotten. This happens and worse things in life, this is the least of our problems.

“The same morning when the transfer failed, we did training. All the weight that was in me came out and I moved on.”

Pierluigi Gollini of Aston Villa applauds the fans after the gamePierluigi Gollini of Aston Villa applauds the fans after the game

Villa are of course still on the hunt for a goalkeeper solution. Pierluigi Gollini has struggled since arriving from Hellas Verona in the summer with Mark Bunn now the number one stopper under Steve Bruce’s management.

Aston Villa are said to be looking for a new keeper in January. Fans at Villa Park will hope they are more successful on this occasion.

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