Tottenham agree fee for German midfielder

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Tottenham have finally agreed a fee with Schalke for Lewis Holtby, according to reports in Germany.

Hotlby was due to join Tottenham in the summer after agreeing a free transfer to the north London club when his contract with Schalke expires.

However the knee injury which has ruled Sandro out for the remainder of the season has prompted Spurs to try and bring the move forward.

Until now Tottenham have been able to agree a fee for the 22-year-old, with Schalke reportedly knocking back two offers so far.

However it now appears as though the clubs have come to an agreement, with Bild reporting that Spurs will pay €1.75 (£1.5m) million and will play a pre-season friendly against the Bundesliga club next summer.

The deal is unlikely to go through in time for Holtby to feature in Tottenham's Premier League tie against Norwich on Wednesday, but he could play some part in some part in their away tie against West Brom on Sunday.

The midfielder is believed to be flying over to London to complete the deal, and will become Tottenham's first senior signing of the January window.

Ezekiel Fryers signed from Standard Liege near the start of the January window, but joined Spurs' development squad.

With the deal for Holtby now seemingly done, Spurs may turn their attention to adding some firepower in attack.

Tottenham have been linked with numerous strikers ahead of the close of the winter widow on Thursday, but boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he is willing to let the window go by without adding a forward to his squad.

Speaking in the aftermath of Tottenham's FA Cup 4th round exit against Leeds yesterday, Villas-Boas said: "It is risk we were willing to take. We are comfortable with the situation. 

"We are happy with the squad. This defeat is not going to alert us to anything. Unfortunately we missed Defoe, who gives us options, but we have him back for Norwich and still have Ade to return so we have strength in depth."

"We will have to see when we can get Ade back but we did not lose because we missed chances that a striker may have taken. We lost because we could not create enough clear-cut chances.

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