Kalinic deal collapses

Pompey's bid to sign Nikola Kalinic appears to be over.

Hajduk Split and Pompey are reported to have been unable to agree over agent fees and the method of payment for a fee believed to be 5.5m, leaving Kalinic in transfer limbo.

The 21-year-old last night flew out of the country to begin negotiations with Portuguese giants Porto.

According to sources in Croatia, the deal broke down over money, with payments to agent Tomislav Erceg and other people in the striker's camp causing problems.

Hajduk Split were set to receive 75 per cent of the fee for Kalinic, with 25 per cent going to Kalinic and his advisors.

The method of payment was also an issue, Pompey wanting the payment staggered but Hajduk demanding the bulk of the cash up front.

The problem with the Kalinic move is a blow. Blues boss Paul Hart was extremely keen to land the 21-year-old talent after selling Peter Crouch to Spurs this week.

Kalinic had met Hart after flying into London.

He had also been given a ringing endorsement of life at Pompey after going to dinner with Niko Kranjcar.

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