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Blackburn seal deal for Kalinic

Nikola Kalinic
Kalinic will bolster Blackburn's attacking options next season

Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic has completed his move from Hajduk Split after being granted a work permit.

Croatian international Kalinic, 21, will cost Rovers an initial £6m and has reportedly signed a four-year deal.

The Ewood Park side agreed a deal for Kalinic on 3 August, at the same time they announced the loan signing of Chelsea's Franco di Santo.

Argentine frontman Di Santo, 20, has joined Rovers on loan until the January transfer window.

"I want to train with my new team as soon as possible and get into top form," Kalinic told Split's website last week.

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.


The Argentine arrived at Chelsea as an 18-year-old from Chilean side Audax Italiano in January 2008 but he has failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge and has made just 16 substitute appearances.

Di Santo made his Premier League debut at home to Tottenham last August after impressing in the reserves with seven goals in his first eight appearances.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce had been looking to bolster his striking options this summer after Roque Santa Cruz's switch to Manchester City.

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see also
Portsmouth eye Finnan and Kalinic
28 Jul 09 |  Portsmouth
Man City complete Santa Cruz deal
22 Jun 09 |  Man City
Chelsea snap up Argentine striker
25 Jan 08 |  Chelsea

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