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Kranjcar completes Hajduk transfer


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Kranjcar (left) has been criticised for a lack of form and poor attitude this season

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Former Dinamo Zagreb captain Niko Kranjcar has signed for league leaders Hajduk Split until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old son of national coach Zlatko Kranjcar has moved to Hajduk for 1.5 million euros ($1.9 million), with Croatian newspapers saying he will receive a luxury villa on the Adriatic coast for completing the deal.

The midfielder was hailed as Croatia's new talisman only last year but was criticised for being overweight and lacking focus for Dinamo this season.

The Croatian international was placed on the transfer list in December after refusing to accept a pay cut and take the blame for Dinamo's poor league showing.

Disappointing results this term have already forced Dinamo to change their coach three times and negotiate salary cuts with other key players.

The domestic league resumes on February 26 with Hajduk top on 35 points and Dinamo languishing in seventh.

Dinamo have won seven league titles and Hajduk five since Croatia gained independence in 1991.


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