Well, this report is from the News of The World (NOTW), so that’s a warning from the start, but apparently Kevin Keegan was sure Modric would be a Newcastle player on Friday.
Kevin Keegan – apparently furious Newcastle didn’t get Modric
But that didn’t happen due to what looks a little like a bizarre situation on Friday night, but when we all woke up Saturday morning – Modric was a Tottenham player.
A Newcastle source told the NOTW today:
“It was difficult to calm Kevin down, he was furious.”
“It’s a major embarrassment as Kevin felt getting Modric would have been the perfect message to Newcastle fans.”
Luka Modric has been a target for many top clubs, including Chelsea and Arsenal, after his great form for Croatia in their European 2008 qualifying campaign, especially in the game against England last November, when Croatia won 3-2.
It looks like the player was willing to sign for Newcastle, but there was no deal sealed between the clubs since they could never agree on the actual fee. But there’s no doubt Newcastle were ahead in the race until Friday.
But, somehow Spurs stepped in to pinch the player at the last minute, and we still have no idea what actually happened.
We feel that Newcastle will be even more keen sign a top player to get the transfer season off to a good start.
The Modric events are now water under the bridge, unfortunately, but we’d still like to know what happened – it may be something the club can learn from for the future.
It’s not often you are close to signing a world class 22 year-old, who wants to come to your club.
Who should we be going for as our first signing?
Let us know – comments welcome.