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Aston Villa close in on giant 6’7 international, fee agreed deal to be done this week

Aston Villa are said to be closing in on a deal to sign Croatian international goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic after agreeing a £5million fee with Hajduk Split, according to reports in Croatia.

Villa boss Remi Garde is hoping to stamp his own impression on the squad he inherited from Tim Sherwood earlier in the season and wants to strengthen his options in goal having recently dropped number one Brad Guzan for Mark Bunn.

And it now seems that Kalinic will become the club’s first arrival of the January window after a £5million fee was agreed with the Croatian big guns.

The 26-year-old has two caps for the national team having made his debut last year, and will be expected to make the squad for this summer’s European Championship.

Villa will be hoping that a successful late serge in the transfer market will help them revive their season and make a climb up the table towards survival.

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