Birmingham City have been dealt a blow in their bid to keep Alen Halilovic at St. Andrew’s this summer.
That’s according to a report by Croatian outlet NL, who claim that the 25-year-old attacking midfielder has received an offer from 1.HNL side HNK Hajduk Split, with whom the Blues player is reported to have been training with this week.
This news comes following a claim made by We Are Birmingham that revealed, despite Lee Bowyer’s side offering the midfielder a new deal at the club this summer, the two parties have so far failed to reach an agreement on terms.
Having joined Birmingham on a free transfer back in November last year, Halilovic went on to have something of a mixed campaign for the club, as, despite not scoring a great number of goals nor being overly productive in terms of assists, the Croatia international appeared to win the hearts of many Blues fans with his trickery and skill in the middle of the park.
Indeed, over his 17 Championship appearances last season, Halilovic scored just one goal, provided no assists and created no big chances for his teammates, with these returns seeing the 25-year-old earn a rather disappointing seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.65 – ranking him as Bowyer’s 19th-best performer in the second tier of English football.
Having said that, the single goal that the midfielder did bag was an exquisite 25-yard curling winner against Queens Park Rangers, highlighting the undoubted talent the Croat possesses.
However, with a new deal at St. Andrew’s now appearing an unlikely outcome, something that will certainly not have been helped by Hajduk’s reported offer, it seems that, despite the fans’ adoration and Bowyer’s faith in the midfielder, the former Barcelona man – dubbed a “phenomenal” talent by Miroslav Bicanic – will be moving on to pastures new once again this summer, an outcome that is sure to leave the 44-year-old Birmingham manager livid.