The Besiktas manager tried to sign Modric in 2012.
The Croatian midfield maestro had been in excellent form for Spurs over the past four years. It was of course a big blow for Tottenham, but how could he reject the lure of Real Madrid?
Well one former West Ham player would have also liked to have plucked him away from Spurs.
Bilic, who played for Everton and West Ham in England, is now manager for Turkish giants Besiktas, wanted the Spurs player, according to Lokomotiv director Kirill Kotov - who is quoted by Sporx as saying:
"Bilic came and we signed [Vedran] Corluka. Then he wanted Modric and we try to learn how much of the price. The money came out around 30 million euros. We were overcome."
So it seems that the desire was certainly there to pluck Modric away from Tottenham and reunite with a player who was the undoubted focal point of the Croatia national team while he was in charge.
Buy while he got his hands on right-back Vedran Corluka, Modric was always Madrid bound after they met his £30 million asking price, as reported by BBC.
Rightly so, because a player of Modric's quality is too good to be playing in the Russian Premier League.