Birmingham City remain locked in talks in a bid to keep Alen Halilovic at St. Andrew’s this summer.
That’s according to a report by Birmingham Live, who claim that Lee Bowyer’s side are working to tie the 24-year-old attacking midfielder down to a new deal at the club, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the month.
It had previously been reported that the Croatia international is attracting interest from clubs in Turkey, Italy, Spain and England this summer, although Birmingham Live claim that there has actually been little speculation surrounding Halilovic in recent weeks.
Despite having featured sparingly for Birmingham since joining the club on a free transfer back in November, something that was not helped by the midfielder picking up a couple of injuries over the course of the season, Halilovic’s trickery and creativity appears to have already made him something of a fan favourite at St. Andrew’s.
Over his 17 Championship appearances last season, only nine of which came as starts, the £720k-rated midfielder scored one goal – a spectacular 25-yard winner against Queens Park Rangers – as well as taking an average of 0.9 shots and making 0.6 key passes per game.
These metrics saw the 24-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.65, ranking him as Bowyer’s 19th-best performer in the second tier last term, however, this rating was undoubtedly impacted by the former AC Milan man’s lack of regular game time.
As such, with a full pre-season behind him, improving both his fitness and his tactical awareness of Bowyer’s system, we would not bet against the man whom Miroslav Bicanic dubbed a “phenomenal” player proving a roaring success at Birmingham next season, if the club are indeed successful with their attempts to tie him down this summer.
Either way, Bowyer’s desire to keep the Croat at the club this summer is sure to leave fans buzzing, as the midfielder’s re-signing would very much appear to be a further step in the right direction under the 44-year-old manager.