Spurs Transfer News: Lewis Holtby Joining Tottenham This Week
Tottenham Hotspur have brought forward the transfer of Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, according to the BBC. The German international was...
Tottenham Hotspur have brought forward the transfer of Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, according to the BBC.
The German international was set to sign in July after signing a pre-contract agreement at White Hart Lane, but a number of issues have led to the deal being accelerated.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas could have landed the player as a free agent with his contact with the Bundesliga side set to expire in the summer, however he has agreed to pay £1.5 million to buy him out of the remainder of his contract.
It is believed that the season-ending injury to midfielder Sandro factored into the decision to bring the transfer forward.
On joining Tottenham, 22-year old Holtby said:
“Tottenham are a top club and I’m fulfilling my dream.
“I have spoken to [Spurs manager] Andre Villas-Boas and I am confident in his plans.”
Spurs confirmed the signing via their official website saying:
“We’re delighted to announce we have reached an agreement for the immediate transfer of Lewis Holtby.”
Holtby has been with Schalke since 2009 after moving from second-tier side Alemannia Aachen, making 75 appearances and scoring 11 times in the process.
He was eligible to play for both England or Germany because he has a German mother and an English father, and opted to represent Germany, the country where he was born.
Holtby has 3 senior caps for Germany, but once said that as a child, he dreamed of playing for England, but once he had been selected for the Germany under-21 side, a sense of loyalty compelled him to progress through the ranks to the senior team.