Spurs verging on 100k playmaker deal


Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric is a step closer to committing his future to White Hart Lane with the club set to break its wage structure and agree terms on a contract worth £100,000 per week.

According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old Croatian midfielder, who is rated at around £40million - will become Spurs' first six-figure earner when the new terms are put on the table next summer.

However, the bumper package is believed to be conditional on Tottenham qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season, something that Harry Redknapp is determined to deliver this year.

Modric is under contract at Spurs until 2016, with his current deal thought to be worth around £60,000 per week - but the improved terms are seen as an attempt by Tottenham to ward off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, and reward the player for his commitment to north London.

After settling for a season without top-tier European football, Redknapp and Co. will want to return to the elite competition as soon as possible - and failure to do so could result in Modric's departure.

A slow start to the 2011-12 campaign has turned around for Tottenham who have won seven of their last eight Barclays Premier League games, and now sit fifth in the table with a game in hand over their competitors.

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