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Birmingham City and Alen Halilovic: Croatian club “interested” in Mercurial Blues midfielder

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Hajduk Split is interested in Birmingham City midfielder Alen Halilovic.

This is according to reports in Croatia which say that Halilovic is currently in his homeland, working with his personal trainer Marin Krespi.

Hajduk was linked with a move for the 25-year-old following his release from AC Milan early last season.

He ended up coming to the Blues where he played 17 times and scored a goal first under Aitor Karanka then Lee Bowyer.

The Blues offered him a deal at the end of the campaign and given Bowyer’s positivity about the player, he reportedly made a huge effort to reach a deal.

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That contract has still not been signed and reports emerged last week that Halilovic appeared to want to leave the Blues.

It was against a background of relative media silence for several weeks but in recent days his appearance in Split seems to have led some to conclude an interest between the two parties.

While some reports suggest that his presence in Croatia’s second-largest city is just a coincidence and has nothing to do with Hajduk, the novilist.hr website claims that club officials “have expressed interest”.

Halilovic’s performances during his half-season at the Blues showed flashes of promise, but the fact that he only scored once and provided no assists must be weighed against the obvious technical capacity.

There were initial complications with his registration and Halilovic was also injured a few times, meaning he only played 17 of the 34 games that took place when he was at the club, including nine starts.

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No one at Blues has publicly withdrawn the contract offer or canceled the club’s lawsuit, but the interests of others are unlikely to help matters.

Hajduk is leaving for a two-week training camp in Slovenia this week and novilist.hr says Halilovic’s potential presence in that squad will be an indicator of his future.