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The Croatia boss is apparently very keen on succeeding Paul Hart at Fratton Park as manager...

Portsmouth have made an offer to Croatian national team coach Slaven Bilic about filling the vacant manager's chair at Fratton Park, according to his agent, and the former West Ham United defender is most definitely interested in the job.

Rudi Vata, the former Celtic defender who represents Bilic, told The Portsmouth News, "Slaven is open to offers and there is interest from Portsmouth. There are different clubs who want him but he is very interested.

"Portsmouth have tried to get in touch, but there is no concrete offer at this stage. But the idea of working with and building the club would excite him.

"Slaven is hungry for the right club with the right ambition because he is a hungry manager. He is a person who sets high goals and wants to work hard to achieve them. There are going to be special things from him in the future."

Bilic is under contract with Croatia, who drew 2-2 in Zagreb with Ukraine at the weekend, for another year, but his country don't play another game until August, which could work to Pompey's advantage.

They could face competition from other clubs though, including Scottish giants Celtic.

"Slaven has been focused on the Ukraine game, but he is now in a situation where he can consider offers," Vata added.

"He is comfortable about his situation. There are a lot of different clubs who want him and he is considering those options. There are big teams in Germany interested and other teams in England have shown an interest, as well as Celtic.

"Slaven still has a contract but he has a fantastic relationship with everyone at Croatia. I'm sure that means the situation is very possible to move to the right club."

Pompey will soon be confirmed as having a new owner in the shape of UAE-born businessman Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim, who has stated that it is his intention to rebuild the club, with plans for greater youth development and a new stadium also in the offing.

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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