Lewis Holtby leaves Tottenham; joins Fulham on loan

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Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has completed his loan move to Fulham today. 

Holtby, who has already taken part in his first session with the west London club, joined Tottenham from Schalke for a fee in the region of £1.5 million last January. 

However the German international has struggled for first team action and has made just six Premier League starts.

It had been reported that Schalke were keen on taking him back permanently, while Borussia Dortmund were also interested but baulked at the £6m fee that Tottenham were demanding.

That left the way clear for Fulham to swoop for the 23-year-old.

A statement on the club's website read: "Fulham Football Club can this afternoon confirm the loan signing of Lewis Holtby from Tottenham Hotspur, for the remainder of the season.

"The 23-year-old midfielder signed for Tottenham Hotspur in January 2013 on a four-and-a-half year deal from Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

"Holtby - who will wear the number 10 shirt for the Whites - made his Spurs debut on 30 January 2013, replacing Clint Dempsey in the second-half of a 1-1 draw with Norwich City."

It had previously been suggested that Holtby would join Fulham as part of a swap deal that would see Dimitar Berbatov head back to White Hart Lane.

However the Bulgarian, who spent two years at Tottenham, is reportedly close to joining Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

Holtby scored his first, and only, Premier League goal for Tottenham in their 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage back in December. Overall he made 39 first team appearances for Spurs, scoring three goals.

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