Wise driving Newcastle's Modric deal

Dennis Wise has been driving Newcastle United's sensational move for Dinamo Zagreb ace Luka Modric, it has been revealed.

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The Guardian says Wise, Newcastle's executive director (football), has been the prime mover in a deal which looks poised to become the first to be completed since the former Leeds manager's arrival in late January as head of a new European style scouting system.

Indeed Wise and Tony Jimenez, Newcastle's recruitment supremo, were heavily involved in arranging not only Modric's visit to Newcastle but a meeting that Zdravko Mamic, Dinamo's vice-president, held with club representatives in the city's Malmaison hotel this week. The agent Peter Harrison was also present.

Dinamo are seeking £20 million for the Croatia star, though it's understood Toon are confident of paying significantly less. Personal terms are set to range between £60-80,000-a-week.

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