Pompey eye 'new Boban'
By Jure Bohoric & Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth are understood to be lining up a move for Croatian star Niko Kranjcar.Portsmouth are understood to be lining up a move for Croatian star Niko Kranjcar.
The 20-year-old has been made available by Dinamo Zagreb after he fell out with the club's hierarchy.
Austrian-born Kranjcar has been linked strongly with England in recent months with Arsenal, Tottenham and Middlesbrough all said to be monitoring his progress.
Dynamo Kiev, Milan, Sevilla and Feyenoord have also taken a look at Kranjcar - who is set to leave in January.
Now Pompey are believed to be showing a keen interest, with both Milan Mandaric and Velimir Zajec both said to be fans of the talented youngster - whose father is coach of the national team.
Dinamo have already signed Kranjcar's replacement in the shape of Luka Modric from Inter Zapresic and are ready to sell for less than é¼2 million.
Kranjcar has offers from Russia and Italy, but Pompey look to have moved into pole position.
Croatia legend Davor Suker is managing the player along with Dino Pokrovac - who has confirmed their interest.
"Yes we have talked about a transfer," said Pokrovac.
"Mandaric is very interested, but so are others."
Portsmouth are currently in the process of selling Nigel Quashie and Kranjcar could very well be a straight replacement for the Scottish international.
Kranjcar made his senior debut for Dinamo at just 16 and has been heralded as the new 'Zvonimir Boban', but things have not worked out as planned and he is now looking to kick-start his career in a new country.