Lewis Holtby to make instant impact

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Yesterday, Tottenham confirmed that 22-year-old midfielder Lewis Holtby will link-up with the squad before the end of the month.

After agreeing a fee with Schalke, rumoured to be in the region of £1.5 million, the German-born international will join Andre Villas-Boas' side in the January transfer window, rather than coming to the club in the summer on a pre-contract arrangement. 

Spurs fans were keen for this transfer to be brought forward with the news that Sandro would be out for the rest of the season after having surgery on his right knee because of an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus.

The U21 captain and German international will bring Champions leauge experience to White Hart Lane, having made six apperances for Schalke 04 during this years competition.

Schalke's director of sport, Horst Heldt, is pleased that the transfer saga has finally come to an end.

"We've found the best solution for everyone involved," said Heldt

"Lewis had indicated to us that he would have had no objections to an early move, and we have collected a decent transfer fee five months before his contract was due to expire." 

He then went on to thank Lewis for his commitment to the club and wished him luck for the future. 

Being a more attacking midfielder, although able to play in the centre of the park, Holtby will most likely slot in alongside Moussa Dembele. 

All in all I believe that this is a very good signing for Tottenham as Holtby could give them more purpose going forward. 

Now all Tottenham need is a striker to help replace Emmanuel Adebayor, who is currently on international duty with Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Jermain Defoe is currently sidelined through injury, further emphasising the need for attacking reinforcements.

One of Willian, Christian Benteke or Gary Hopper would fit the bill, but with the January transfer window due to slam shut on Thursday, it remains to be seen whether Spurs will make any late moves to add to their squad.


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