The Curious Case of A Croatian Could Be

Daniel PuseljCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

Just to put it out there I really like the title. Okay, okay, now back to business.

Well as you might or might not know Peter Crouch has left Portsmouth for Tottenham Hotspur, thus leaving Portsmouth without an attack force for the upcoming season.

Well luckily enough Portsmouth swooped for a striker currently playing for Croatian giant Hajduk Split in the shape of "The Next Davor Suker", Nikola Kalinic.

You're probably thinking who is he? Well, Nikola Kalinic is a 21-year-old striker. His club career started off a bit shaky with Hadjuk taking it upon themselves to loan him out to NK Istra 1961 Pula in 2006. Over there he managed 12 appearances and scored three times. He impressed enough during his loan spell that the club's coach Krunoslav Jurcic said he could become the "Croatian Ibrahimovic."

Upon his arrival back at Hadjuk he was immediately loaned to HNK Sibenik where he made the occasional appearance but impressed with some great performances when he did play. There he managed eight appearances and four goals.

After those two loan spells Kalinic has played 59 Croatian league matches in which he has managed to score 32 goals, thus sparking Paul Hart's interest in the Croatian.

Kalinic has been tracked by quite a lot of clubs in Europe, which include Valencia and Palermo, but was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail:

"My dream has come true. It is not yet finalised but God willing everything will be okay. I will be going to England to have a medical and sign the contract. 'Portsmouth is a big club and the Premier League is the best in the world.' Playing in Portsmouth would be a great challenge for me, an opportunity to prove myself and to justify the faith shown in me, particularly by people like Paul Hart who wanted me to come."

The deal is yet to be finalised but here's hoping that the deal will be completed and that Nikola Kalinic stars in the coming season for Portsmouth.