English Premiership

Spurs swoop for Holtby

2013-01-05 09:18
Lewis Holtby (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby from Schalke at the end of the season.

Holtby had recently confirmed he would be leaving Schalke and Tottenham announced on Friday that the 22-year-old will move to White Hart Lane when his contract with the German club expires in June.

The 22-year-old midfielder, whose father Chris is from England, had also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool, but Andre Villas-Boas's side have won the race for the highly-rated playmaker.

A Spurs statement read: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Germany Under-21 captain Lewis Holtby to join the club in July from Bundesliga side Schalke, subject to a medical."

Germany-born Holtby, who has a German mother, was eligible to play for England through his father, a former soldier in the British army who used to be stationed in Monchengladbach, but he opted to represent his country of birth.

He rose through the national youth ranks to earn three full caps for the senior national side and is the current captain of Germany's Under-21s.

Tottenham's assistant manager Steffen Freund is aware of the player's talents from his time coaching Germany's Under-16 and Under-17 sides.

"For Lewis it will not be a problem (adapting to English football)," Freund said.

"He is half-English, he loves the Premier League. He is captain of the Under-21s for Germany, he will lead the team at the European Championship in Israel.

"I worked for Under-16s and Under-17s for the last three years, that is why I don't know him really well but what I can say is that he is a really good player."

Read more on:    tottenham  |  english premiership  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.