Tottenham still considering January move for Holtby

Tottenham Hotspur have not ruled out completing the signing of Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby in January, despite having already agreed to sign the Germany international when his contract expires at the end of the season, the Daily Mail has reported.

The injury suffered by Brazil midfielder Sandro has meant that Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas’ options in the centre of the pitch have been limited, leading Tottenham to examine their options, of which an early move Holtby is considered to be a strong one.

Schalke’s general manager, Horst Heldt, has confirmed that the Premier League club have been in touch with their Bundesliga counterparts over bringing forward the date of Holtby’s transfer. The 22-year-old has reached a pre-contract agreement with Spurs, but Heldt revealed negotiations for an immediate transfer are still on-going.

Heldt said: “We are in talks about a move in this transfer period, but there is no agreement. Tottenham contacted us, because they want Lewis now. We will decide in the coming days.

Sandro’s injury has had a knock-on effect for the future of another midfielder, teammate Tom Huddlestone, the Mail adds. Villas-Boas was said to be ready to let the former Derby County player leave White Hart Lane in this transfer window but, having lost the services of Sandro, Huddlestone is now expected to remain part of Villas-Boas’ plans.

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