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Interest mounts in Kalinic

A host of Premier League clubs are tracking highly-rated Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, Sky Sports understands.

Hajduk Split keeper Kalinic is regarded as one of the best young custodians in Europe after catching the eye for club and country during the last few years.

The 23-year-old is currently No.2 keeper to Stipe Pletikosa in the Croatia national team and is expected to be in the squad for this summer's World Cup finals.

Kalinic is seen as the long-term replacement for Pletikosa in the national team having represented Croatia at all ages from Under 15 up to the senior side.

The 6ft 7in shot-stopper' progress has not gone unnoticed among other clubs with several Premier League sides and Italian duo Napoli and Fiorentina keeping a watching brief on the player.