Earlier this month, Tottenham secured the signing of Lewis Holtby from Schalke 04 on a free transfer, which would go ahead at the end of the season when his contract runs out. However Andre Villas-Boas may now be forced to bring the German international to White Hart Lane a little sooner.
The Guardian suggest that an offer to expedite the move has been made by the Tottenham board.
Spurs recently learned that their star defensive midfielder Sandro had suffered a long-term knee injury which could mean being out for the rest of the season. Although Spurs have some cover, the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore were hoping to leave either permanently or on loan this month, but they may have to wait until the summer now.
Scott Parker would be the obvious choice to replace the Brazilian, but due to various injury problems to the former Chelsea man over the last couple of seasons, it seems likely Villas-Boas could trust him for the remainder of the season.
Schalke 04 have been said to be willing to let Holtby leave earlier than originally planned for as little as £1.6m. They themselves would benefit from not having to pay the rest of his contract as well as gaining a small fee, which they wouldn’t if the transfer goes through when his contract is up.
It would make perfect sense for both parties to conclude this deal now for the 22-year-old, so as long as no problems occur financially, Holtby could be on his way sooner rather than later.
The language barrier won’t be a problem, as he has an English father and even once was given a serious offer to represent England, but instead chose to play for his country of birth, going on to win three caps so far.
Holtby will be a fantastic addition to the ambitious North Londoners, and he were to join now, it could surely only increase Spurs’ aim to qualify for next season’s Champions League. If he were to be integrated into the team now, it’ll also give him more time to adapt and become a real asset next season.