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Rovers given Kalinic go-ahead
11 Aug 2009 - 07:14:53
Blackburn Rovers have been given the green light to complete the signing of Nikola Kalinic after the Croatia striker was granted a work permit.
The 21-year-old has accepted a four-year contract with Rovers, with a £6million deal having been agreed with his current club Hajduk Split.
"Rovers are pleased to announce that they have been successful in their application for a work permit for Hajduk Split striker Nikola Kalinic," confirmed a club statement.
The news comes after Rovers boss Sam Allardyce spoke of the potential importance of the striker to a squad which has lost Roque Santa Cruz to Manchester City this summer.
"We have a very, very good chance with a very, very talented player," he said.
"He should be allowed to come and express his abilities in this country and show what he can do.
"He has a terrific goalscoring record. He is only 21 and scores one goal every 1.6 games. That is why we have forked out as much money as we have."