Add Croatian Modric to Newcastle List

Another player that is said to be interesting Newcastle United is Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, according to the Sun today.


Luka Modric – central midfield playmaker or left winger

The 22 year-old Zadar, Croatian born playmaker is said to be in the £15M transfer bracket by his club Dinamo Zagreb.

All these players Newcastle are being linked with in January, are not all targets for this month, but we can get a good idea of some of the players Keegan and his staff have identified as potential new recruits in the summer.

It’s far better to start working on the transfers of these players now, and in the next few months, rather than wait until the end of the season before anything is done.

But Modric looks a particularly good player, and he is also young, so can also certainly improve in the future. He can play central midfield or out wide on the left.

He has appeared 84 times for Dinamo Zagreb since 2005, and scored 22 goals. Luka has represented his country Croatia 22 times since 2005, and scored 3 goals.

He stand just under 5’9” tall, and has previously played for Croatian club, Inter ZapreÅ¡ić and Bosnian club Zrinjski Mostar.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

91 comments so far

  • scott9

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #1

    now this is getting ridiculous bacelona arsenal chelsea all of them are in for modric i would put £500 on us not getting him and im no rich guy

  • TER

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    More rubbish from people trying to sell papers


    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #3

    he is a great prospect although unlikey and if we were to sign it would have to be now as in the summer the whole of europe would be after him. Chelsea and Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barca have all been linked.

    however enjoying the age of the players that we are being linked with – players with potential rather than players at the end of their career looking for one last big pay cheque

  • Dragoner

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    lol, thanks for making me laugh Ed

  • Southern_Magpie

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Its just paper talk. I would hope Keegan and Mort are a bit more realistic instead of wasting their time on players like these. Having said that he’d be a class purchase. I think he signed a new contract only last month anyway.

  • Keegan=God.

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Here. Why are you all like it won’t happen bla bla. NEVER say never.. He’s quality player and would be the perfect player for Newcastle.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    all of these players we have been linked with are pretty much signed by other teams already , its just their agents throwing their names in for newcastle so they can work a better deal out .
    modric is on chelski’s shopping list .

  • Leo*

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #8

    im sure someone said luka modric the other day, and now its in the papers. the other week someone said swp then the next day he was in the papers…

    im sure the newspapers is looking on hear and finding players that would interest us, and using them to sell papers

  • joel

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #9

    we need alot of transfers in as newcastle need to re-enforce the back line,and a stronger mid-midfielder

  • micepie

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Why not fax an offer of 9M for Woodgate and 15M for Modric now? I know life’s probably not that simple!

  • Mehzeb

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Six days left, and we haven’t even made an official approach for anyone. Way to go, Keegan and Mort!

  • joel

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #12

    luis fabiano is up for sale.
    goran pandev wants too come too us.
    jothan woodgate should be a definate.(soon sign)
    alves from alkmar az is availible.
    defoe has not signed new contract yet.
    chimbonda has yet to sign contract.
    berbatov is yet to sign new contract.
    shaun wright philips.
    van derr vart.
    benfica striker Oscar Cardozo.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #13

    no chance in hell.

  • wsq

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #14

    i don’t think we will sign anybody this january. euro is just around the corner.. no one wants to lose their places in their national squads

  • Srky

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #15

    He’s a good player. Talented! Worth of money but not £15M! That’s too much! For that amount good and PL expirience player can be bought!

  • ToonKing

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    i have a silly little question …………………………………………………………………………………………………….WHY THE HELL HAVEN’T WE SIGNED ANYBODY YET ??!!!!

  • Matt

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed, come on.
    Modric would be awesome but it is ridiculous for you to post all the rumours. have a list of all the rumours each month. If you add in todays we have been linked with over 40 different players this month.
    Sports journalism in this country is a joke. And I hate to say it, but some of the london papers make Alan Oliver look like a factual writer.
    Can you please do one article each day on our transfer links for the day. Your page is awesome to come for a roundup of all the gossip etc, but putting up a new article each time is getting beyond a joke.

  • Matt

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry I take that back about Oliver.

  • Toon Al

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #19

    money shouldnt be an object

    we all want players who will be passionate about playin for newcastle but in reality no top class players will, they’l want chelsea, man u, man c even, arsenal n the likes, we need to get some money grabbers in my opinion while we have the money at our disposal.

    then when our team becomes more succesful with the money grabbers people will actually want to come!

  • Gordon d

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #20

    just to go off the subject for a second The FA have gave Adebeyor a written warning for what happened on Tuesday night the guy on Talk Sport said he headbutted his team mate can’t remember Bowyer/Dyer punishment to me the bigger the club the more leanient the punishment.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Ahahah, what a funny article.

  • Ashton

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #22

    this is bollocks

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Get Modric’s pal, Vukojevic, cos i cant stand Butt and Smith!

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #24

    No way will we get this lad he is a croatian wonderkid.Barcelona will get him and he gonna cost bout 15million at least.Reminds me of nedved except more skillful.

  • Ross

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #25

    never gonna happen.
    KK will make newcastle an exciting and desierable club again, but right now thats not what we are.
    when teams like chelski and barca are involved, i think we can all quite clearly say we’re not getting the better of either of them.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Get Lucas in please.

  • Nick C

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Gordon D – Good point. I think it was weak as piss Howard Webb officiating and the FA are plain scared of Wenger. It would be interesting if it had been two of our players?

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #28

    hes too short..dwarf

  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #29

    why not?

    we all know how to dream, right?

  • Jinal

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Why aren’t we launching a bid for Berba???

  • Savic Vladimir

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Modric is exellent and fantastic player!!!

  • neil09

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Wasn’t it said that Modric was Rozenhals cousin? – have a quiet word son!

  • Ketsbaia

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Seems optimistic! though, we do need some attacking talent in the centre of midfield. Butt has been great, but it’s driving me mad watching him take 5 or 6 long shots a match. It seems that every ball that breaks to the edge of the box is collected by Butt and roundly knocked out of play!

  • Leo*

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #34

    neil09 where dya get that from?

  • Mehzeb

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Rozehnal is Czech, and Modric is Croatian… and they’re cousins? lolz.

    Nice one, neil09.

  • Steve H

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Here is an even better rumour than Modric,Eto’o to the toon!!


    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #37

    These are gettin worse!!!!!!!!

  • millepede

    Jan 24, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #38

    anyone heard the rooney, ronaldo, tevez rumour? – swap deal for ameobi

  • millepede

    Jan 24, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Is anyone of the belief that we should play with two attacking center-mids?! – no defensive mildfielders, just attack attack attack – at least at home

    Beye, Taylor, Enrique
    Ronzenhal (playing between midfield and defence to break up the play)
    milner, barton, n’zogbia, duff
    owen viduka

  • Mick G

    Jan 24, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Broon ale I think the E-mail you want is Have fun.


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