Modric Opts for Tottenham Over Newcastle


Newcastle have missed out on Croation star Luka Modric, who will sign for Spurs this morning for about £15.5M

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Luka Modric
– ops for Spurs

The Barclays Premier League club have beaten competition from Newcastle United, Chelsea and Manchester City for the signature of the Croatia midfield player from Dynamo Zagreb. There are believed to be additional payments if the Croatia star meets certain targets.

The news is that Modric flew to London this morning to have a medical, discuss personal terms, and is expected to watch the match against Bolton Wanderers this afternoon.

The news reports suggest Newcastle offered about the same amount but Tottenham had said they would match Newcastle’s offer, whatever it was. But the Croatian star has chosen Tottenham. Once reason has to be that we cannot offer European football next season.

This is a huge blow to Newcastle fans’ hopes of attracting a player who is world class and will only get better.

We knew Tottenham were in the race all along, and we understand even yesterday that Newcastle were trying hard to close the deal. But it looks like the deal has been closed by Tottenham.

We’re extremely disappointed at this, and believe us – that’s a huge understatement.

We now need to wallop West Ham today.



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118 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    no comment……gutted….

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  • najikhin

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    i hate modric..i hate spurs..i hate mike ashley,the so called billionaire..cnt even fork out 5million more..

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  • Carol Malia

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Time to go edit your Youtube posts then innit, you spanner

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  • Bucks1985

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Gutted indeed… it feels like we’ve lost a match if I am perfectly honest… I know Modric is only one player and i’m sure that opportunities will arise to sign players of similar quality in the future… but I can’t help but feel like i’ve been kicked in the teeth.

    There is one way to remedy that though… Bolton scrape a 1-0 victory against the Southern Scum and an away victory for the boys in black and white… justice shall be restored!!!

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  • D B F

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    im gettin a feeling of deja vu, totally gutted aout this, i think this proves that we are all gonna hav to lower our expetations of big players coming in, king kev obviously hast got as much pulling power as us lot think, first we cant attract woodgate now modric. probly our own fault for offering too low a fee in 1st place, we shud hav put a big offer in and the deal wud of been done a few days ago

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  • Graham

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    So he chose Spurs over us – lets just get on with it. We cant do anything about it now so lets be positive about the ones we will get in.

    We only have ourselves to blame (the club not the fans) by employing sub standard managers and players in the past few years and falling way behind the likes of Spurs (yes there only just above us in the league but a year or 2 ahead in real terms).

    Thankfully, gone are the days when we offer stiupid wages just to get players in and then find out what they’re really like (Boumsong, Marcellino etc etc etc)

    We are building for the long term and that can only be a good thing…

    Fancied a draw today but im gonna stick my neck out and say 2-1 to us – Oba & Viduka

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  • Chris

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    GUTTED! Well that’s brought me and most other Geordies back down to earth with a f*cking great thud!
    I said yesterday when it went public that we had to act quickly if we had any chance of getting him.
    I was really looking forward to the transfer window, but now it’s filling me with dread. How many times are we going to persue players for weeks on end only to be pipped at the post.
    I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had of been a team in the top 4 but Spurs. For the sake of £3m we’ve missed out on a WORLD CLASS PLAYER!
    How can we expect to get a player like Modric for £12m. Now we will persue our back up target who has half the talent and still cost us that!

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  • Ross G

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Thats why we must never get our hopes up, as they are always dashed when was the last time we signed a player of such exciting prospect probably Ginola. Tottenham may have finished there jigsaw now with that left sided option filled with pure class, and his vision with Berbatov and Keane will be frightening. Unfortunetly there are few players of his age that come near him that are available at the moment. The capital and European football will always beat us. Now what, and to be honest we need to be moving quicker I know we did but we need to nail these players down asap. If we were outbid then shame on us

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  • Bob

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Proves that we cannot attract top players anymore.

    With the Intertoto in it’s last season, next season we MUST finish top six or face mediocrity for years to come.

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  • foz

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    no european football… enough said

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  • Graham

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    DBF – thats the kind of business thats got us where we are today man. Wages are at 73% of turnover and we need European football to attract the top players. Something we will hopefully have this time next year.

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  • brian

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    this is a shame

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  • tdt

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    hmmm shite

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  • D B F

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    totally agree chris we seem to be the only team who takes an eternity to sign a player then another team will come in and do the deal within a day, we always go in with lower offers instd of just payin the right price str8 away and gettin the deal done and dusted b4 any other teams know about it, its all our own fault and i can honestly see it happenin a few more times in the close season

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  • D B F

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    yh graham but this player is without a doubt worth the every penny, and we also need to hav top players in the squad to get into europe dont we. and by the way it wasnt business lyk tht tht got us where we are, we bought POOR players for big money, buying a TOP QUALITY player for big money is how u get success, lets face it this guy isnt gonna turn into another boumgsong type flop is he

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  • Davies

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Let’s not get carried away, he’s only one player.

    Yes, it would have been nice to sign him, but that’s life. Perhaps next season when he’s sick of getting whipped by us, he’ll change his mind. It’s been a while since Tottenham beat us after all.

    I don’t htink Keegan has lost any of his magnetism. Anybody who knows who he is, what happened last time he managed here and what he’s accomplished since he came back, cannot possibly overlook the lure of such an ambitious manager.

    And it’s not just Keegan, Newcastle United have a lot more to offer than most clubs in terms of money, facilities and the adoration of an entire city.

    Good players will come, so let’s not get too down in the mouth about Modric. He won’t be our first big signing of the season, so what. I’m more interested in who WILL be our big signings.

    Now, let’s go and thump those cockney Hammers!

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  • norwegiantoonfan

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    what a blow…..to have been beaten by spuds for his signing is huge blow….if it has been arsenal,chelski,liverpool or barca i could have accepted it,but when it is spuds……….i can`t find the right words to tell you how gutted i feel….

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  • toonhitman

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18

    if modric is so good why have none of the top teams in europe come in for him…has kk got another player up his sleeve..but this modric deal is not done and dusted yet the clubs have to agree a fee which might cause a few probs,but i say again were are the top clubs do they no somthing the toon and spurs dont.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Hate to say I told us so………god like we need another reason to hate the spurs. Hope he breaks his leg….sorry but im bitter

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  • Jack

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    its not the end of the world, maybe he is overhyped. he’s not world class because he couldn’t get into the team of the best 11 players in the world. someone even said he was as good as zidane the other day ffs. zidane was the best player ever lol.

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  • Graham

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Agree DBF – but if we set a limit on what were gonna spend on 1 player and then someone else comes in and bids more then we have to take it on the chin and accept it.

    If we were prepared to match the price and he chose London instead then fine thats his lookout. But for once its good to see that were not dangling 80000 beer tokens every week just to get a player in. Frustrating, yes but the days of spending loads and winning nowt are gone.

    Have faith – the powers that be have said that we are a work in progress which will take 3 years or so. Lets not panic just because some player chose the smoke ionatead of us

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    This news means Tot has 15M lesser to spend in the summer later. Players are plenty, good players are few but you will going to bang a wall if judge players solely on reputation.

    I know we missed out on a top talent but this shows we actually looked for them and willing to spend more than 10m on one player.

    As I mentioned before, a players doesn’t make a team. No one shall be blamed. Move on. A lot more players want to pull on our shirts. Luka missed the chance but if he is good and we are good, he might join us in the future.

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  • OMG

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #23

    I was so enthusiastic, when I first read it, but now; so so disappointed – why spurs. OMG

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #24

    KK should use the Modric money to buy VAN DER VAART!!!!!!

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  • D B F

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25

    yh i agree graham but i just think that this guy wud hav been worth the extra few million in transfer fee as i dnt expect he will be gettin extremely high wages down at spurs, lets just hope tht keegans back up creative mid isnt deco eh

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  • Leo

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    b@st@rds

    aghhhhhh im so angry, im actually so angry that if i see a spurs fan anywhere today im going to run them over

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  • D B F

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    ronaldeano- agree, wud love to see van der vaart in a toon shirt

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  • Chris

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #28

    I think with Keegan not being involved with the transfer side of things we can’t sell the club to players. Keegan can talk players into signing for us. He ouses enthusiasm which rubs of on the players concerned. So that could be another reason we missed out.

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  • Bob

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Why do people assume that it’s Mort’s fault?

    It was Modric who signed the contract and I bet that it was Modric who made the choice. Also, if Modric won’t come, why would Van der Vaart?

    And yes, we have missed out on a top talent. There’s no point in denying it.

    Just keep the faith in KK. Rob Lee came for a pittance, I’m sure KK can find someone similar.

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #30

    VDV is pure class, i heard that Juventus want him. If the club acts NOW and offer Hamburg stupid money and the player stupid wages, the lure of playing in the Premier League and pushing for top 6 next season would be enough to get VDV!

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  • ginkoh

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #31

    For my opinion, Tottenham is better than us now if compare with players and competition. But just now !!

    Next season will be more interesting for us, Aston villa, Everton,Portsmouth, City and Tottenham. Because no one want to lose this race especially Giant invester like Yids.

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  • macn0ble

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Damn shame, was really looking forward signin’ Modric. Well we just have to find a replacement. Have to agree with with Ronaldeano with this one-VDV would be an excellent piece of business.

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  • Midjew

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #33

    The thing is, he basically JUST didnt wanna come cos Spurs are the same as us they are NOT in europe next year.

    Its a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Bob, Van Der Vaart is NOT Modric….

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  • Nobby's dad

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #35

    He’s too ugly for the Toon!!

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  • Leo

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #36

    as for the idea, dont worry we are building for the future…

    its a bollox theory in other words, a money making venture, try to be like arsenal and make money rather than spend it. im soooooooooooo angry

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  • Jack

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #37

    let him go to spurs
    maybe we will let him score against us when we beat them 4-1 again

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Nobby’s Dad, Modric or VDV?!

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  • GazzaToon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #39

    firstly you guys need to stop moanin he’ll probley end up being a flop in the premier league anyway! secondly we did offer the same amount as spurs which is £16mil but they can offer a player european football which we cant so what do u expect. seems strange to me tho that spurs wud sign him as they have loads of midfielders anyway!!
    and as the old saying goes theres plenty more fish in the sea

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  • Bob

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Van der Vaart is a Dutch international and is one of the most highly rated midfielders in the world. I doubt that he will come to St James.

    Again, we should be looking for the next Rob Lee, and not chasing these big names who we have no chance of getting.

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