Good bit of business.
Blackburn have completed a loan move for Chelsea’s Franco di Santo, while Hajduk Split say Rovers have also agreed a deal for Nikola Kalinic.
Di Santo, 20, has joined on loan until the January transfer window.
And Croatia international Kalinic could soon join him at Ewood Park, with Split claiming the 21-year-old has signed a four-year deal for a fee of up to £12m.
“I want to train with my new team as soon as possible and get into top form,” Kalinic told Split’s website.
Kalinic is also believed to have been a target for Portsmouth, who wanted the Croatia international to replace Peter Crouch at Fratton Park.
While Di Santo’s deal is initially for about five months, Rovers have first option to extend the deal to the end of the season. (BBC Sport)
Big Sam Allardyce has always been pretty clever with his cash, this coming from a managerial career that has seen him more often than not having to count his pennies. Kalinic has shown a good deal of potential at Hajduk Split but it’s always hard to know how such transfers will pan out. The Blackburn boss will be hoping the Croat will be able to fill the massive hole left by the departure of Roque Santa Cruz but that will be a big ask indeed.
I think the loan capture of Franco Di Santo is a very clever one. The Chelsea youngster has only shown a little of his ability when coming off the Blues bench but had a decent Pre-season at the club and will clearly stand more of a chance of getting invaluable Premier League experience at Ewood Park than at Stamford Bridge.