A deal to take the Croatian playmaker has finally been agreed, and with just five days left until the window closes, last-minute moves can now be expected between several clubs
By Greg Stobart & Wayne Veysey
After a long summer of negotiations, Luka Modric’s £33 million move to Real Madrid has been completed, pending a successful medical.
Although there are just days left in the transfer window, the implications of the deal finally reaching a conclusion are major for clubs in the Premier League and a flurry of activity is now expected.
Starting at Tottenham, there is a clear willingness to spend the cash they have received for Modric and they could now spend up to £50m in the final week of the transfer window to take their summer spending up to £70m
In terms of outgoings, defender Michael Dawson is still in talks with QPR over a move worth around £10m while Tom Huddlestone is still expected to join Stoke on loan.
Joao Moutinho has been the main target to replace the Croatian playmaker, but Porto are continuing to demand a fee in the region of £30m, which is too much for the Spurs hierarchy.
Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, who is also being tracked by Arsenal, has been considered but the feeling at White Hart Lane is that he may be too defensive-minded and not the ideal type of player they need.
That leaves Fulham star Moussa Dembele, who Spurs have been tracking throughout the summer alongside Manchester United. A move for the talented Belgian could now be in the offing, even though manager Andre Villas-Boas was not previously convinced he would fit in perfectly.
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Tottenham are close to sealing a deal to sign Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk but he is not considered to be a replacement for Modric, while they would also ideally like to sign another striker.
Long-term target Leandro Damiao does not look like joining before the deadline, with the fee being demanded by Internacional still too high. A fresh move for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has not been ruled out though as the club look for Brad Friedel’s eventual replacement.
Should Dembele leave, that would mean Fulham have work to do in the transfer market. Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam is a realistic target for the Cottagers.
The Scot is not pencilled in for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ first choice midfield at Anfield and the arrival of Nuri Sahin moved him further down the pecking order.
Fulham also made a late move for Ki Sung-Yeung last week, only to be advised by Celtic that Swansea had already all but sealed the Korean’s signature.
Both players were being looked at as potential replacements for the departed Danny Murphy, rather than Dembele so fresh movement elsewhere is a possibility for Martin Jol, with super agent Mino Raiola lurking.
If Adam was to leave Liverpool, that frees up additional funds for their controversial pursuit of Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. That deal is not yet dead, although there is not too much activity surrounding the deal as we move into the final days.
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