Tuesday, 29 June 2010


NK Zagreb are on the hunt for a new striker after AIK Solna confirmed the signing of their striker Goran Ljubojevic. Ivo Susak has claimed the departure of Ljubo and HNL1 leading scorer Davor Vugrinec was likely for some time and are looking for a replacement of similar experience and stature. Names that fit the bill include Mladen Bartolovic, Dario Zahora, Tomo Sokota, Ivan Bosnjak and Karlo Primorac.

All five players are currently free agents. Bartolovic, was once a Zagreb player, but appears closer to a return to HNK Cibalia. Bosnjak, could also be on course for a deal with Dinamo. At 33, Sokota may be a sound signing, but due to his wage demands Zagreb may see Dario Zahora or Karlo Primorac as more sensible acquisitions with the potential for a future sell on fee. Zagreb may however not wish to gamble purely on Primorac who has been out of form.

Such players as Zahora may also be on the target list of Istra Pula who say they will announce new signings in the end of the week. Zahora has been previously with Pula who need a striker to replace Sevko Okic who signed for Karlovac. Istra fans are awaiting evidence demonstrating the ambition of their Russian owner. Many deals such as Dragan Blatnjak (Rostov), Ivo Smoje (Osijek) and Matias Chago (Dinamo) have fallen by the wayside. A quality midfield player and a striker may provide new hope. Ante Tomic, Nikola Safaric, Srbenko Posavec or Dario Jertec is realistic, whilst Primorac or Zahora especially would raise the standard of the strike force.