Keegan Pours Cold Water On Top Transfers

Kevin Keegan has poured some cold water on two potential deals that have Newcastle going after both Thierry Henry and Luka Modric, but we wonder if the cold water is just on the Henry deal. We hope so.


Kevin Keegan – didn’t say too much on Modric deal

When questioned about the recent reports about both Modric and Henry being linked to Newcastle Keegan said:

“Unfortunately that’s fantasy football,”“The Henry story came from a talk-in when a 10-year-old kid asked me if I could sign one player who would it be?” “I said ‘Henry,’ and from that we are now signing him.”

“And, with regards to Modric, if you put together a list of midfield players around Europe then he would be on it and he would be on everyone else’s list as well because he is a fantastic prospect.”

We think the Henry story was never too serious anyway, but we still believe Newcastle are trying, right now, to do the deal with Modric’ representatives.

Notice Kevin doesn’t say anything about the Tuesday meeting that multiple sources have said took place in the swank Malmaison Hotel on the quayside, with Modric Dinamo vice-president Zdravko Mamic in attendance.

We still have hopes that Newcastle can do the deal and if it goes through then Dennis Wise, who is said to be leading the deal on the Newcastle side of things, will have earned his spurs at the club, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

278 comments so far


    Apr 25, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Keegan joked that he had had fantastic lunches at the training ground this week.

    “Modric there with Thierry Henry….Deco has been in for a meal!”

    Typical Kev, Thats why we love him Spyro and you other chipmonks

  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #2

    By this time next week the deal could very well be done. I hope, at least.

  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #3

    next week could be too late, get it done this weekend! b4 the hammers game! lol maybe?

  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #4

    If it was up to me it’d be done tonight mate, haha.

  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah, despite what some places are reporting, he only dismissed the henry talk, but lavished praise on modric.

    just have to wait and see.

  • Leo

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #6

    well before he came back as our manager he said in an interview something along the lines of

    i am not going to be drawn into speculation, all i can say is that i love newcastle…

    he is a man of clever words so just wait and see

    i have a sneeky feeling the modric deal is going to be a disapointment because it doesnt happen. but i will wait and see anyway

  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s denied he had lunch with Modric at the club’s training ground.

    He hasn’t denied that Dennis Wise has spoken to the player.

    Also I hear young Fabio Zamblera is moving back to Italy this summer after failing to settle on Tyneside, hence why he was left out of the Northumberland Senior Cup final.

  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Really? Hm, I remember reading he already thought of himself as an adopted Geordie…

  • Bill F

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m among the few who have not been getting too excited over the transfer talk. If it happens then I will.

  • Spyro

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #10

    its boring now craigg

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Are Newcastle gonna buy Luka Modric, im getting worried, i hope they do!

  • Leo

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #12

    zamrella i heard is just young and they were always going to put him into the under 18s to learn the league and settle in gradually

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #13

    we need a croatian speaker, i think it has taken another twist in our favor.

  • harrier

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Be aware, Keegan does not know anything about the transfer dealings. Himself, Wise, Jimenez, Mort and Ashley sat together to make a list of targets, then Wise and Jimenez were told to go out and sign them. Keegan says he will not know whether we will have our targets or not until they are signed or have snubbed us. He is in the dark as much as us, and all he can do is talk about what his targets were, which he confirmed Modric is one of them.

    ‘ Fresh from a series of meetings with Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, and chairman Chris Mort, Keegan revealed that he has targeted three or four top-class players he believes can take the club to the next level. The process of attracting those targets will now be left to Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere, the club’s technical co-ordinator. While that may not extend to an approach for Barcelona’s Thierry Henry, Keegan is now keeping his fingers crossed.

    “We really put our two lists together because they have got a massive expertise in Europe,” he said. “While we on our list have got all the top ones, they are looking at the ones who maybe you can get who will be the next top ones, but are younger. When we out them together, it was quite interesting.

    “That’s it now. If someone asks me how we are getting on with our targets, I can honestly say, ‘I don’t know’ because I am not party to that. But I will know the minute they are complete or have failed, I guess – hopefully complete.” ‘

    I think its a credit to the new system, Keegan can focus on his current team and let somebody else worry about the wheeling and dealing. Furthermore, it allows Wise and Jimenez to use their knowledge of the transfer market to get gems at fair prices, something that we were worried keegan would not be able to do due to his long absence from professional football.

  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #15

    what does that croatian report say??

  • chris

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #16

    hadji can you have a look at that new link mate? or the other lad from croatia?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #17

    i dont know what it says but its got lots of talk of euros and newcastle

  • consettmags

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry to put a negative spin on the Modric situation but sign him or not would he fit into our 433.Certainly away from home I reckon we need three grafters in there (like we have now).I would still test the water with Carrick as he is more of an allround midfielder.Dont get me wrong Modric is hot property and a KK type of player but £20-25 million on one player needs to spent very wisely.

  • iain

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #19

    considering keegan isnt actually involved in negotiations idoubt hes 100% sure how well the modric talks went.

    now by the sounds of things from croatia, we actually have a vert good chance of getting him despite the fact so many top clubs have wanted him for a while as keegan pointed out today.

    spurs sent some people to croatia for talks a while back they obviosly got nowhere near as we have to getting him so again id say getting the player to even consider coming here is a step forward.

  • scott9

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #20

    ive come bak from a trip today ive been at the the lake district for 5 days and i come bak and were buying luka modric i hope this rumour is true

  • Nick

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Geordie Gerrard7

    I can translate some of that article.

    basic points are…

    -this trasfer will be record breaking for a player sold from the Croatian league.

    -Newcastle flew the Mamic brothers out to England, but Modric did not go there as was reported on Wednesday

    -Tottenham want to know how Newcastle is offering so they can match or exceed the price

    that’s about it. Nothing much to that article really.

  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #22

    the 4-3-3 will likely not make it into next season.

  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #23

    regards the question of formation… 433 is the tempary solution, as it works well with the players we have. i am quite sure the 442 will be next seasons formation, with fast accurate wingers, great creator in the middle and a sturdy DM to protect the back 4. dont u think?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #24

    He will fit into our 4-3-3 he can play any midfield position.

  • Hadrian

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #25

    4-3-3 ? u having a laugh ?

    this is keegan we are talking about here , expect WINGERS next season , 4-4-2 all the way .

  • belfast toon

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Is this guy really that good from what i can see on you tube he seems like an OK player but 12mil seems a lot

  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #27

    £12m? The latest fee is £20m mate.

  • Tripp

    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve heard 20M euros, not pounds.

  • CroToon

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Mamaic has refused first offer, but from the last articles they said that toon will send new offer!!!

  • CroToon

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #30


  • Hadrian

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #31

    this little fella is THAT good .
    if there was a player out their that has a chance of doing half of what peter beardsley could do on a pitch , modrics the guy .
    the only other player of his and style out there is maybe diego . but your never inclined to say those names incase you get tarred with the old FM brush

  • nightfall

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #32

    the article says modric’s representatives were in newcastle for 5 hours and they said that they’re not happy with our offer and that it needs to be improved…and that tottenham wants to offer more…


  • Robert-Croatia

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #33

    the article says:newcastle sent the biggest offer in croatin first division history,and Mamic said that nufc are very close to securing the deal.sounds good,keep the faith

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #34

    The only other player id have to Modric is Zlatan, but that is out of the question 🙁

  • Hadji

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #35

    We made the first move,what has Tottenscum did.They’re watching like pus…es and want to stab us in the back.Ou dear i wish we put 10 goals behind them.

  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #36

    What have croatian pundits been saying? Do they think he should come here?

  • chuck

    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Interesting HARRIER , when I commented last week on whether all of the management groups including scouts, Mort etc., were on the same page I was told I had`nt a clue etc.
    I think the truth is closer to your read on the situation, that here is our list KK being you don`t know the market take your pick a la carte, then we will make the deal.
    I think that`s why KK seem a bit embarrassed about the whole situation, does this make sense?


    Apr 25, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Its not boring Spyro i want you to admit that all your shitty remarks about Keegan were not warranted.

    Deschamps is a joke with a ugly face like a pug and would have been on his arse if he had the stick that KK took from the bastard press.

    Koeman is the most pathetic example of an big headed overrated manager ive ever seen maybe Alan Ball or Bryan Robson can rival him for their playing career carrying them to managers jobs and he is an ugly SOB.

    Ramos also will be showed up and will be back to his ridiculous record of being sacked in 8 out of 11 clubs and lasting 5 games at Betis when Spurs see him for what he is and he is F***ing ugly as well.

    Just say it you were wrong about KK being so out of touch, Poor tactically and he is the right choice for the job.

    Playing Career:

    3x English Championships
    1x German Championship
    1x FA Cup
    1x European Cup
    2x UEFA Cups
    63 England Caps 21 England Goals
    European player of the year 78 & 79

    Managing Career:

    2x Premiership Runners up
    2 Division 1 Titles
    1 Division 2 Title
    Euro 2000 Qualification with England

    His record makes a mockery of the other jesters you suggested, He even won Superstars after falling off his bike and ripping the skin off his back and had a number 37 hit called “Head over heels in Love” it was crap but we still love him FFS

    ADMIT IT YOU WERE WRONG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Toon1978

    Apr 25, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Has Modric signed yet lol come on Ashley sort it please.

  • Hadrian

    Apr 25, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #40

    chuck , every manager is given a list of whats out there and availible .
    wisey and vetter are glorified scouts .
    its unfair on keegan to imply he’s not got a clue , considering wiseys just spent the last few years in lower division mediocrity , wisey would have been given a list of targets to persue by keegan .

    wisey and vetter will be racking them and stacking them just like every other scouting network .

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