German international could join Spurs in January for a small fee.
Tottenham’s move for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby could be brought forward if terms can be agreed on a transfer fee.
Holtby confirmed late last week that he was leaving the German side and would be joining Spurs at the end of the season when his contract expires.
But that deal could now happen in the January transfer window if Tottenham come up with a fee believed to be £1.6m.
Schalke’s managing director Horst Heldt said: “If Tottenham ask for Holtby in the January window, we will talk to them about it.
“Nothing has happened yet, but, from our point of view, we are prepared to speak to them.
“It would have to be done quickly, because we would have to find a replacement for him.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
This could prove an arrangement to suit all parties.
Tottenham announced on Friday Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby had agreed to join the club next summer.
The 22-year-old had already revealed he would not be extending his deal at the Veltins Arena, so the decision should have come as no surprise to the Schalke faithful.
Even so, there are many who will find it hard to support Holtby for the remainder of the season now that he has officially decided to leave the club and it may be better for both club and player if he departs this month.
While an early move would throw Holtby in an the deep end, the youngster has International experience with Germany and has excelled in the Champions League this season with Schalke, so aiding Spurs’ challenge for the Premier League top-four should not prove too daunting.
Holtby can play in central midfield or in the ‘hole’ behind the strikers and, although Moussa Dembele and Sandro have excelled in the middle of the park, neither Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson or Emmanuel Adebyaor has been able to nail down a starting spot alongside the in-form Jermain Defoe.
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