Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has been told that he can cut his losses on goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic in January, according to the Football Insider website.

The Croatia international stopper was one of the bigger signings for the Villans, when he arrived at Villa Park at the beginning of the year, but at no point has he looked comfortable and it would seem as though the exit door is waiting for him.

Kalinic joined Villa for £7 million in January but never really made the grade in Birmingham, with Smith choosing to finish the promotion winning campaign with understudy Jed Steer between the sticks instead.

Since moving up to the Premier League, the Villans have forked out for England international Tom Heaton, and although they are currently undergoing something of an injury crisis in that area of the pitch, the club have said enough is enough where the Croatian is concerned.

The 29-year-old has only made eight appearances since his arrival at Villa, after a series of high profile mistakes dented his confidence and that of his teammates, forcing Smith to look at other options.

In an ideal world the Villans will recoup as much of the £7m they shelled out for Kalinic as they can, but given that he has dropped to fourth choice behind even Orjan Nyland, they know that is going to be extremely unlikely.

Based on the fact that the Villa goalkeeper is on a lengthy deal worth £30,000 per week, just getting him off the wage bill when there is next to no chance of him featuring for the club again would be a worthwhile move.

Although Heaton and Steer went into the international break injured, neither of them are expected to miss too much more action for the Villans, which frees up the possibility of getting rid of Kalinic as soon as January.


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