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Tottenham Hotspur latest: Holtby update and striker hunt

News, views, and speculation relating to Tottenham over the last 24 hours.

Schalke have rejected Tottenham's latest advances to bring Lewis Holtby on board before the transfer window closes. Holtby has already agreed to sign with Spurs in the summer when his contract expires, but Tottenham want to bring him in earlier. The two clubs are still apart in their valuation of having the player for six months, but a deal has not been ruled out.

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said: "Tottenham upped their bid for Holtby but only by an insignificant amount. It's still not acceptable. We'll have to wait and see."

Fernando Llorente has today signed on the dotted line with Juventus and will move in the summer, ending any slim hopes of him ending up at Tottenham.

Today's Mirror has linked Tottenham with Watford's loan striker Matej Vydra, whose parent club is Udinese. He has scored 16 goals in the Championship this season and at 20 looks an outstanding prospect. Just 24 hours earlier, we identified Vydra as a potential budget striking option for Spurs.

The Mail also report that Hamburg are encouraging Spurs to bid for South Korean striker Song Heung-Min, who has 18 months left on his contract. Hamburg are said to be in need of cash, and would accept £10 million for the promising striker.

Jermain Defoe has spoken of his excitement for Tottenham's upcoming FA Cup game with Leeds. On his last visit to Elland Road, Defoe bagged a hattrick in a 3-1 replay victory in the same stage of the cup two years ago. The tie kicks off at 2pm on Sunday.

Promising youngster Iago Falque has left on loan to Spanish second division club Almeira until the end of the season. We've taken a look at why it is a good choice and how it could benefit the player, and ultimately Tottenham.

We have also taken a look at teenage prospect Kenny McEvoy, whose exploits in the youth team have been overshadowed by his striking resemblance to Gareth Bale.

Spurs fans can watch full-back Adam Smith in action tomorrow night when Millwall host Aston Villa in the FA Cup. Smith is on loan at the Lions and has been impressing. It is his second to last game until his deal expires, and the two clubs will decide on his future after that.


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