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Talks planned with striker?

There are no quotes, albeit from the player, agents or whatever, but sky sports is reporting that Croatian international Nikola Kalinic will 'hold talks' with Pompey on Friday about a move to Fratton?

Apparently the guy is a 'sought after commodity' throughout Europe?

The 21-year-old has been 'linked' with Real Zaragoza, Bologna and Porto but the Hajduk Split striker is 'now poised for discussions with Premier League club Portsmouth over a proposed switch.'

I know YouTube can be 'suspect' to say the least, but this is a video that I did find and from this the guy definitely knows where the goal is...

Time will tell on this one, like I say without any quotes at all, this seems a strange one - that said sky sports are 'usually' pretty accurate with what they come out with...


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Date:Friday July 24 2009

Time: 12:06AM

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the goal about 1min22 in is fantastic...
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24/07/2009 00:15:00

The defending was pretty woeful at times, showed some good pace which is crucial, always strikes his penalties well into the right hand corner, bit of a risk - wouldn't want to pay more than 2.5 mill.
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24/07/2009 00:47:00

He looks great... And being from Hajduk, then im sure he would love to play along side Kranjcar. Would love to see him at Fratton Park!
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24/07/2009 00:51:00

Hes good 21 so he is young...its a risk but with a reward there too maybe.
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24/07/2009 01:14:00

Seems to be very good and probs could link up very well with Niko. Hope Pompey buy him.
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24/07/2009 02:41:00

He looks good to me. He has pace and an eye for goal. Also, he seems to be an opportunist! But I doubt Croatian football defensively. The team in Yellow, are Maltese, they are very fragile at the back! But he can develop as he seems to have a good base.
Pompey Malta
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24/07/2009 03:11:00

young, and skillful is what we like
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24/07/2009 03:37:00

quick feet as well
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24/07/2009 03:57:00

If 8m is the price then maybe it'll be a loan deal? Can't see us shelling out that sort of money until SAF gets some more money men on board.
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24/07/2009 06:15:00

nothing but positive about that, i think he looks very good.
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24/07/2009 06:45:00

Good luck todays guys with your big announcement due. Look forward to reading all about it tomorrow.
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24/07/2009 06:57:00

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24/07/2009 07:40:00

this would be great! he's scored some nice classy goals!
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24/07/2009 07:43:00

He reminds me of a young Ruud Vanistelroy. Buy him!
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24/07/2009 07:52:00

Kranjcar19 seems to rate this compatriot of his "hvala vam ja , uzdanica on je dobar kao te ono to je kazano"
plymouth graham
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24/07/2009 07:58:00

this report seems to be gathering a bit of pace here in France as well, I guess though any deal will have to wait on the departure of crouch
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24/07/2009 08:04:00

Although with Harry effectively saying Crouch is an old man now it might take a week or two to happen
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24/07/2009 08:06:00

Not sure it would need to wait on the Crouch departure necessarily because I think the Crouch money goes to Sacha but any new transfers are paid for by SAF. But who knows!
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24/07/2009 08:28:00

That's my understanding too Tim .. but the lad looks a gooden doesn't he .. although must admit some of the defending was pretty shocking wasn't it..
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24/07/2009 09:21:00

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Kalini%C4%87 even says on here he has aggreed to join pompey for 5.8million great news and will incurrage niko to sign new contract . plus bilic & other talanted croations . . we need a boost of good news. would also like to see polson and beye here too..
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24/07/2009 10:21:00

The defending and goal keeping was quite suspect....but at the end of the day he knows where the goal is... and even in the premiership if you get enough on target you'll score goals. I like the look of him, well worth bringing in I think.
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24/07/2009 10:32:00

Looks a good prospect with two good feet and heading ability. At only 21 has a lot to learn and need to get a lot stronger. Would obviously benefit from being around the Croatian hero that is Niko Kranjcar.
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24/07/2009 10:50:00

Take a look at the video Nikola Kalinic - bad sides http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DIbC1S_QsM&feature=related just for balance!
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24/07/2009 11:08:00

Nice to see that we are getting linked to players rather than just finance talk about the club all the time. His pace looks good and alongside Utaka I think we could have a dangerous fast pairing upfront!
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24/07/2009 11:36:00

LOL at the moment id have anyone just to make up the numbers, even Eugen Bopp.
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24/07/2009 11:36:00

Is he good enough for something as competitive as the premier league...? Hes like a defoe players a finisher.....but dat goal at 1 22 is awesome....
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24/07/2009 11:42:00

He looks a proper fox in the box, something we've been missing for a while now. Looks like he can finish well with both feet and has a bit of pace, could well be a very good investment.
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24/07/2009 12:33:00

the REAL question is ... is he better than our current forward options and who could he play up front with? ... dunno!
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24/07/2009 12:56:00

You think the goal about 1min22 in is fantastic ?? The third goal in this game against Dinamo was fantastic that was also his last game. blueexile that video Nikola Kalinic - bad sides was put when he had trouble with the fans because he wanted to leave. Valencia, Chelsea.... where all interested in him but Hajduk refused to sell him. Valencia's offer 10 months ago was even better i think around 8-9 million euros but Hajduk rejected the offer and now Kalinic has only 1 year remaining on his contract and Hajduk said you better sign new contract or you will sit on bench. :) He declined the offer and now hopefully Hajduk will agree to sell him for less money to Pompey. BTW there are reports that Niko called Kalinic's agent and told him that Portsmouth delegation will come today and Hajduk also confirmed that talks are ongoing.
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24/07/2009 13:25:00

Blueexiles .. alterbative youtbe clip is definately worth a look .. He isn't always composed !.. but I'd still take a punt at the right price.
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24/07/2009 13:28:00

Oooh the link of that game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_EzYIoD2Hw 3rd goal 5.44
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24/07/2009 13:28:00

Always difficult to tell from a you tube vid as they only show the highlights never the lowlights. I know nothing about the guy but with Niko being something of a national hero it may well be the weight that tips the balance in our favour.
Steve C
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24/07/2009 13:32:00

I must be missing something i can't see any reference to a move to Pompey in the Wikipedia article.
Steve C
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24/07/2009 13:56:00

Watched the bad sides video now it just comfirms Pompeyritams view he'a a bit like Defoe. Defoe missed more chances than he scored but still scored a lot of goals.
Steve C
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24/07/2009 14:07:00

Kranjcar19, that's a couple of good goals in that Dinamo clip. Both feet. yep that one at 5.44 is a bit special.He might not be the finished article but he's definately got something about him. Will he get a work permit having only played 2-3 times for Croatia??
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24/07/2009 14:18:00

he isn't top star player.... but he have some chance for national team....he is young and he is rising star ... Nikola good luck
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24/07/2009 19:42:00

u dont nnes a work permit if u live in europe.. look home many easton euopeians are woring here ..
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24/07/2009 23:46:00

This seems to be one of those rumours that won't go away, so there may be some truth in it. whatever the quality of opposition, he still likes like a natural goal poacher, it would be good to sign him up if we can. Does he play for the national side?
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25/07/2009 10:40:00


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