Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Football:Blackburn swoop for strike pair

Blackburn have completed a loan move for Chelsea's Franco di Santo, while Hajduk Split say Rovers have also agreed a deal for Nikola Kalinic.
Di Santo, 20, has joined on loan until the January transfer window.
And Croatia international Kalinic could soon join him at Ewood Park, with Split claiming the 21-year-old has signed a four-year deal for a fee of up to £12m.
"I want to train with my new team as soon as possible and get into top form," Kalinic told Split's website.
Kalinic is also believed to have been a target for Portsmouth, who wanted the Croatia international to replace Peter Crouch at Fratton Park.
While Di Santo's deal is initially for about five months, Rovers have first option to extend the deal to the end of the season.
The Argentine arrived at Chelsea as an 18-year-old from Chilean side Audax Italiano in January 2008 but he has failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge and has made just 16 substitute appearances.
Di Santo made his Premier League debut at home to Tottenham last August after impressing in the reserves with seven goals in his first eight appearances.
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce had been looking to bolster his striking options this summer after Roque Santa Cruz's switch to Manchester City.

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