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Report: FC Nantes plotting move for Aston Villa's Lovre Kalinic

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa (L) lifts the trophy with Dean Smith of Aston Villa following victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at...

Lovre Kalinic joined Aston Villa in January, but after he suffered a concussion the following month, he lost his place to Jed Steer.

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa In action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on May 03, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic is attracting interest from Ligue 1 side FC Nantes, according to a report. 

French outlet 20 minutes have claimed that Nantes are looking at goalkeeping options and have targeted two or three players, including Villa's senior man. 

It is said that Nantes are looking at a loan deal for the 29-year-old, who only joined Villa in January when they were a Championship club. 

 

Kalinic moved from Belgium side Gent and signed a four-and-a-half year contract [BBC Sport]. Initially, he was brought in so he could provide competition for the then-error prone Orjan Nyland, but an injury ended his season and Kalinic took the gloves in early January. 

However, towards the end of February, during Villa's 2-0 home defeat to West Brom, Kalinic suffered a concussion and he was replaced by Jed Steer, who had been recalled from his loan spell at Charlton.

Since that day, both Steer and Villa didn't look back as they steamrolled the Championship by winning 10 games on the bounce and earning promotion via the playoffs. 

Jed Steer of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Kalinic, who was purchased for £7 million [Sky Sports], had to watch on from the sidelines as Steer produced a number of heroic moments, including his stunning saves during Villa's penalty shootout win against West Brom in the play-off semi-finals.

Since Vila's promotion, there have been various reports that they are looking for a new keeper as they plan for the Premier League, as Jack Butland is a name being touted, according to the Daily Mail. 

If that were to happen then it would decrease Kalinic's chances of earning game time as he would seemingly fall behind the new keeper and Steer. 

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Aston Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground on May 07, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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