Sources: Aston Villa to sell Smith signing at a major loss

By Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke

Aston Villa are ready to sell Lovre Kalinic at a major loss to get him off their books, Football Insider understands.

The Premier League club will try again to offload the Croatia international, 29, in January after failing in attempts to sell him during the summer window.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that there is little hope of recouping the fee worth £7million spent on Kalinic last winner after his dramatic fall down their pecking order.

Dean Smith gave the green light for Kalinic to move this summer and will not stand in his way of a move so soon after his arrival from Belgian club Gent.

Kalinic has made only eight Villa appearances since signing last December in a deal that was announced at the start of the January window.

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He was installed as the number one by Smith but made a series of errors and has not played for the club since being substituted at half-time in February.

Kalinic has four more years remaining on his £30,000-a-week contract but Villa recognise it is futile having an international keeper who is fourth in their pecking order.

Summer signing Tom Heaton is the new number one, ahead of rising star Jed Steer, who was handed a new contract in the summer, and Norwegian Orjan Nyland.

Significantly, Kalinic has lost his starting role for Croatia and was on their bench for each of their Euro 2020 qualifiers during the recently-completed international break.

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