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Spurs Beats Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea to Land £20 Million Star Midfielder Luka Modric

luka_modric.jpgTottenham Hotspur has announced a major coup after beating Newcastle, Arsenal, Chelsea and several other teams to the signing of one of the most sought after midfielders in the world, Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb. In doing so, Spurs has smashed their transfer record with a fee believed to be in excess of £20 million.

The Croatian midfielder met with Newcastle United earlier this week and many believed he was going to sign for the Tyneside club. However, Tottenham Hotspur came in with a last gasp offer which was accepted by Dinamo Zagreb.

Modric will now undertake a medical and will apply for a work permit.

The Croat has 24 caps for Croatia and will be playing for his nation in this summer’s Euro 2008 tournament. According to Wikipedia, “he usually plays as playmaker, on the left side of the field. His natural position is that of central midfielder and he plays as playmaker solely due to his capabilities to cover that role as well and to leave room for designated defensive midfielders in Dinamo’s 4-2-3-1 formation.”

Watch the following video that showcases Modric’s talent:


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  1. TheScout

    April 27, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I was following the stories about Modric since they first started surfacing in January. This is indeed a big coup for Spurs and enhances their chances of keeping Berbatov around.

    Modric will be the playmaker that Spurs are lacking in the middle. I wonder if one or more of Jenas, Lennon or Malbranque are on the way out?

  2. damir

    April 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

    you can’t say spurs beat arsenal and some other teams to get the player because they’ve long ago pulled out of the race to sign him…

    M. Taylor doesn’t seem to like Croats… so don’t play him again Birmingham City, I can already hear snapping lol

  3. Alex Hleb

    April 26, 2008 at 9:45 am

    over piad twat for the spuds.

  4. Aiden McGeady

    April 26, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Next Mcgeady please, quality on the left and a new keeper.

    What do we reckon to berb’s i hear a swap is being tried with barca for etoo dont know what to make of it as etoo hasnt got the touch but has got the pace and finishing

  5. Ivan

    April 26, 2008 at 3:22 am

    £15.8m or 20 million euros is being reported now.

  6. Bill_Oddie

    April 26, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Egg on the face is rather unlikely given that a handful of others have also just reported this (presumably skysports and bbc aren’t awake yet).

    One of the reporters is the Dinamo official site and another is the official Spurs club site. It’s probably safe to believe them, even if you’re not comfortable taking the word of ‘tribal football’. 😉

  7. UTD111

    April 26, 2008 at 1:10 am

    You sure about this story?? You’re the only ones carrying it. Hope you dont end up with egg on your face!!

  8. Harris

    April 26, 2008 at 12:29 am

    the reason he eventually came to tottenham over newcastle, arsenal, chelsea, bayern munich and intermilan and barcelona late on is that only newcastle and spurs were prepared to offer him a guaranteed start if fit. the other teams would not do it. He wanted to go to Barca, but he sees this as a good stepping stone. Did you see what he did to Lampard and Gerrard at wembley?? He absolutley destroyed them

  9. Ivan

    April 26, 2008 at 12:18 am

    This bloke is a bit about him on WSD forums. Saw him play in the game in which Arsene Wenger commented that he was indeed a very good player but an expensive one as well. Don’t really think Wenger wanted to buy him after hearing the price tag. Liverpool and Ajax were also interested but both were put off by the price tag. Very talented should play in the middle of the park. Spurs still need to sought out that defence and a left sided winger if indeed modric plays in the middle of the park.

  10. damir

    April 25, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    let’s hope he doesn’t break a leg… haha 😛

  11. ausspur

    April 25, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    amazing how he is shite to all those who follow other teams, when he signs for a club other than their own. modric would be a decent signing for any of the top four teams as a midfielder. absolutely no doubt. he is pedigree.

  12. Pavlotspurs

    April 25, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I don’t get it. If he is one of the most sought after players in the world then Spurs know what everyone else knows…he is one of the most sought after players in the world and if he is that then 20m is getting hi on the cheap, especialy as a 22 year old.
    I for one am very happy, check out the youtube videos, this guy is better than Jenas, Huddlestone, Zokora and anyone one else we play central midfield, put together.

  13. The Gaffer

    April 25, 2008 at 10:50 pm


    Click on the bloody links!

    The Gaffer

  14. me

    April 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    any evidence?

  15. your GAFFA

    April 25, 2008 at 10:45 pm


  16. The Gaffer

    April 25, 2008 at 10:24 pm


    Yes, Spurs knows how to spend more money than the other teams.

    The Gaffer

  17. The Czar

    April 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    … just so I understand what you’ve just stated. You’re claiming that one of the most sought after midfielders in the world ended up at Spurs? So obviously Spurs know something that Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea don’t , right?

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