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What would a pre-contract agreement with Lewis Holtby mean for Tottenham Hotspur's transfer window?

Andre Villas-Boas side are reportedly the favourites to agree a deal with the German midfielder, who can leave Schalke on a free in the summer. Would this mean a lack of other signings in January?

Given the amount of clubs competing for his signature, the acquisition of Lewis Holtby would be something of a coup for Tottenham Hotspur. The talented 22 year old is one of the hottest properties in Europe, and Arsenal and Liverpool have been reported as also targeting the player.

Holtby would also be a well-judged addition to the Spurs' squad, as his playing style would complement the side Villas-Boas is building at White Hart Lane. Young, dynamic and adept on the ball, Holtby would a natural fit for the team should he join in the summer.

As such, there would be plenty for Spurs fans to celebrate should the German agree to sign in the summer, but there might be a chance that his addition will lead to Spurs not entering the market for a creative midfielder this January, and this could be a mistake.

Spurs' recent form has rightly won plenty of plaudits, but they would still benefit hugely from signing a player like Holtby in January, rather than waiting until the summer.

Mousa Dembele is an injury risk and still unable to play 90 minutes comfortably, and the front four has looked unconvincing at times, either when set up as three attacking midfielders behind a striker, or with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor on the pitch. Add in the fact that Adebayor might still go to the African Cup of Nations with Togo, and Spurs could be left short of creativity going forward.

Agreeing a deal for Holtby would make a move for another attacking midfielder unlikely in January. Spurs have been strongly linked to Wesley Sneijder, Miralem Pjanic and Joao Moutinho in recent weeks, but it would make little sense for one of them to join ahead of Holtby in the summer.

The German midfielder is exactly the kind of player Spurs need, but they could do with that addition coming in January, to ensure they are not left short in the second half of the season.

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