Schalke 04 are reportedly looking for a way to bring their former creative midfielder Lewis Holtby back to the club just one year after his contract ran out.
The German international signed for Spurs as part of a £1.5 million deal in January last season but he has so far failed to prove himself under new boss, Tim Sherwood.
He signed a four and a half year deal with the club, but one year in he has only scored three goals in his 36 appearances for the club.
It is reported that he seeks first team football which he was given much more of at his old club, Schalke.
The club's star player, Benedikt Hoewedes insists he would be delighted to have him back in the squad, while team-mate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar told German newspaper Bild: "Holtby would really help us. He can play nearly every position in midfield. Lewis has quality, and Schalke can really use that."
The central player has also been linked with Premier League opposition, Stoke City, but due to them reaching their loan limit they would have to sign him permanently and it is unlikely they will be able to cough up the money for that.
General manager of Schalke Horst Heldt has intimated that any deal in bringing Holtby back to his squad would be reliant on Tottenham subsidising the players wages.
Schalke coach Jens Keller does not expect Holtby to return this winter because it is unlikely they will be able to reach the asking price.
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