Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Lewis Holtby on a pre-contract agreement from Schalke.

The three-cap German international midfielder will move to White Hart Lane in July, subject to passing a medical, when his contract at the Veltins-Arena expires.

“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Germany Under-21 captain Lewis Holtby to join the Club in July from Bundesliga side Schalke,” a club statement read on the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

Holtby began his professional career at Alemannia Aachen, and moved to the German top flight in 2009 after five years with the club – two as a first team player.

After signing for Schalke, the central midfielder enjoyed loan spells with Bochum and Mainz.

The later proved particularly fruitful, with Holtby helping Mainz to fifth in the Bundesliga during a season-long spell at the Stadion am Bruchweg in 2010/11.

The boyhood Everton fan returned to Schalke the following summer and would become a regular for Die Knappen, playing both domestically and in Europe.

Holtby brings Champions League experience to Tottenham Hotspur, and manager Andre Villas-Boas will hope to be playing at Europe’s top table when the youngster arrives in north London. His signing is a particular coup, given that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed his interest earlier in the day.

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