Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic could be set for a move away from Villa Park this summer, according to reports.

The 29-year-old became Dean Smith’s first signing as Villa boss when he joined the club in a £7 million switch from Gent in January, coming in to take the place of Orjan Nyland who had been unconvincing.

However, the Croatian international didn’t have the impact many had hoped he would and lost his place in the starting line-up in mid-February after just eight appearances.

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It has now been suggested the Croatian’s unsuccessful spell in the Midlands could be brought to an end sooner rather than later, with Ligue 1 club Nantes said to be weighing up a bid, according to Mercato, cited on Birmingham Live.

The French club have recently sold their number one goalkeeper to Lyon and have seemingly identified Kalinic as a possible replacement.

His potential departure would open the door for Villa to bring in a new ‘keeper, with Stoke City’s England international stopper Jack Butland said to be a target.


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