Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Niko Kranjcar has agreed a deal to join Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev when the transfer window re-opens.
The 27-year-old has been restricted to a bit-part role at White Hart Lane under Harry Redknapp and had voiced a desire for regular first-team football in the past.
Kranjcar cited the lack of playing opportunities as the reason behind his desire to leave the Premier League, as well as the opportunity to play in the Champions League – something Spurs were denied after Chelsea won the competition and snatched the fourth qualifying spot.
“I think it's important for me to go and play first-team football," Kranjcar told Sky Sports News.
“I have got the opportunity to do that with Dynamo Kiev, a team that is fighting for a Champions League place, which is also an important thing.”
The former Portsmouth man is currently away on international duty with Croatia at Euro 2012 in Poland and, coincidentally, Ukraine, but this did not stop him agreeing a deal.
“After successful negotiations, Niko Kranjcar has signed a four-year contract with Dynamo Kiev,” read a statement on the Dynamo’s official website.
Incidentally, his lack of opportunities at Tottenham were mainly down to the success of Luka Modric in the playmaker role, who is also away with Slaven Bilic’s squad.
However, his stature in the Croatia side mean it is likely they will both be accommodated in the starting lineup.