Lewis Holtby joins Tottenham Hotspur amidst midfield crisis
The English Premier League will be blessed with a new midfield star this January. Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby has decided to join Tottenham Hotspur straightaway, rather than wait till the end of the season.
According to reports Tottenham Hotspur and Schalke have agreed upon a transfer fee that will complete move. This news comes after Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas announced the London club would stay away from transfer activity during the January transfer window.
The 22year-old Germany international was set to leave Schalke on free transfer during the summer this year after agreeing to a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Hotspur needed to bolster their midfield options in order to fight for a Champions League spot for next season. This appears to be primary reason behind Lewis Holtby’s early arrival at White Hart Lane.
Scott Parker’s unconvincing return to the first-team and Sandro being ruled out for the rest of the season are reasons behind Lewis Holtby’s early arrival at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 loss to Leeds United in the FA Cup is another reason behind Lewis Holtby’s early arrival.
Official reports have confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur have paid as much as €1.5 million to Schalke 04 in transfer fees.
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Schalke for the immediate transfer of Lewis Holtby,” an official statement on Tottenham Hotspur’s official website read.
Schalke 04 manager Horst Heldt suggests the transfer move was mutually beneficial to both parties. Horst Heldt also informed that Lewis Holty had no objection to making the move five months before the original date.
“We have found the best solution for all parties involved. Lewis had signaled that he was not reluctant to leave the club early and five months before the end of his contract FC Schalke 04 has received a decent transfer fee,” Horst Heldt said.
Schalke 04 are planning on replacing Lewis Holtby with Lyon’s versatile winger Michel Bastos. The German club is planning to launch the bid once Lewis Holtby’s transfer deal is complete.