Balaban close to Brugge switch
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 25-year-old striker is currently without a club after terminating his contract with Aston Villa.
The forward had looked set to agree a switch to Serie A strugglers Empoli, only for the move to be scupperred because the Italians could not free up a non-European Union slot to accommodate him.
Belgian newspapers Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws have already ran articles saying the Balkan is set to sign for Brugge after holding talks with the player earlier this week.
The club hope he will be able to rediscover his loan form at Dinamo Zagreb where he netted 15 times in 18 games, rather than his abysmal stay at Villa Park.