Lewis Holtby joins Tottenham in January
A statement on the Spurs website read:
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Schalke for the immediate transfer of Lewis Holtby.”
The 22-year-old had already signed a pre-contract with Spurs in the January transfer window and would have joined for free in summer, but the North London club have decided to bring him early following the serious knee injury suffered to Brazil international Sandro while playing against Queens Park Rangers, who will miss the rest of the season.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has underlined the need for reinforcements and thereby didn’t wait for too long to engineer the move at the earliest.
The Bundesliga outfit had initially rejected Tottenham’s bid to sign The Germany Under-21 captain last week but were happy to conclude a deal once their asking price was met.
The German international has made 75 appearances for Schalke since joining the club in 2009 from second-tier Alemannia Aachen and has scored 11 goals so far. He was loaned out to VfL Bochum and Mainz 05 prior to making his breakthrough with the Gelsenkirchen-based club.
Holtby, also known as ‘Lucky Lewis’ has admitted before that he dreamt of playing for England someday but since he made his debut for Germany U-21, he never thought of changing nationality out of strong loyalty.