Birmingham City are seemingly nearing the signing of former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic, with journalist Richard Wilford confirming via Twitter that the 24-year-old has passed his medical ahead of an imminent move to St. Andrew’s.
A free agent after leaving Milan during the summer, the acquisition of the Croatian schemer will no doubt be viewed as a real coup by those in and around the club, with his pedigree at both a European and international level being clear for all to see.
Once tipped for great things after breaking through as a youngster in his homeland with Dinamo Zagreb, Halilovic will be seeking to get his career back on track after a spate of injuries and uninspiring loan spells have largely limited his progress in his early years as a professional.
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Hogan will no doubt be excited by the prospect of linking up with such a creatively talented player in the form of Halilovic, with the Croatian capable of playing in numerous midfield positions behind the strikers.
With the forward having only found the net once so far for the Blues, he will surely benefit from the acquisition of the former Hamburg schemer, with the 24-year-old capable of driving inside to play defence splitting passes, whilst also being equally adept at taking full backs on when he is deployed in wide positions.
The lack of creative output in Birmingham’s side has been there for all to see so far and Karanka will be keen for this issue to be solved in order to get his side moving up the standings and this is the clearly one of the main reasons behind the potential addition of Halilovic.
A link between Hogan and the young midfielder could potentially become one of the most potent partnerships in the division, particularly if the Croat is used in the number ten position by his expected new club.
The 25-year-old Spaniard could well fall victim to Halilovic’s arrival, with the versatile Croat sure to be competing directly for the number ten position in behind Hogan once he arrives at the club in the not so distant future.
Having only recently returned to the Blues himself in recent months, Toral has endured a slow start to the campaign and will certainly be wary of the new recruit’s arrival at St. Andrew’s.
Given Halilovic’s pedigree, he may well slot in to the starting eleven immediately as a permanent fixture, with his talents sure to shine through at a level that he should thrive in, after playing at a much higher level for the likes of Barcelona in the past.
Toral is almost certain to be the loser of this agreement, especially now that fellow midfielder Riley McGree is also putting himself more in contention after receiving an increase in playing time under Karanka of late.