Date: 30th July 2009 at 7:40am
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Nikola Kalinic does not look like he will be joining Pompey?

The Croatian striker was hotly tipped to come to Fratton, with him also tipped for success in the premier league by his national manager and former Croatian internationals but the 21-year-olds move appears to have fallen through due to transfer terms not being agreed.

Kalinic is believed to have agreed to a deal, agreed terms and a fee agreed with Hajduk Split but it seems that they wanted most, or the full £5.5m transfer fee upfront – but this was not something that we could agree to so, at this point in time the deal is off!

In all fairness, although – and in my opinion wrongly so – so many transfers these days do not involve most/full payments upfront it is Split’s right to demand this, and in my thinking this is how transfers should be done, I feel clubs should pay most/all money up front or they do not sign a player…

Another one bites the dust then it seems – disappointing, as I was genuinely excited by this potential signing, but what can you do! It seems this deal is dead, well the media think it is, but you never know?


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