Leicester City Agree Deal For Andrej Kramaric
The Croatian international striker, named 2014 Player of the Year in Croatia’s top flight, is set to join the Foxes for an undisclosed fee and brings with him an impressive record as a prolific goal scorer.
With 28 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions for Rijeka this season – including a Europa League hat-trick against Feyenoord and five in one game against Lokomotiva Zagreb – Kramaric has been steadily building his reputation.
Creative, versatile and quick, Kramaric and his deadly right foot have tormented many defences in Croatia and Europe over the past few seasons, and he will now have the opportunity to showcase his talents in the Barclays Premier League.
A product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth academy, Kramaric made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in the 2008-09 season and went on to help Zagreb lift two league titles and national cups, either side of a highly successful loan to Lokomotiva Zagreb in 2012/13.
Rijeka swooped to secure the promising forward’s services in the summer of 2013 and he wasted no time in hitting the goal trail, as he scored on debut against Slaven Belupo before grabbing another eight in one cup match in November 2013.
His first campaign with Rijeka ended with 27 goals, the Croatian Cup and Super Cup, as well as the league’s Player of the Year award. This term his 21 goals in just 18 league games have put Rijeka hot on the heels of league leaders
Dinamo Zagreb. Kramaric’s goals in the Europa League saw Rijeka narrowly miss out on progress to the round of 32, but his form has been recognised by the national team, with his debut arriving in 2014 against Cyprus.
Having represented his country at every youth level, he finally netted his first goal for the senior national side in a Euro 2016 qualifying win over Malta – putting his country in pole position for a spot in the 2016 finals.
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