When Tottenham Hotspur managed to bring in Lewis Holtby six months earlier than originally established everyone was in agreement that it was a very good piece of transfer business by Daniel Levy and the club.
The ex-Schalke player had attracted insurmountable amounts of interest for his impressive performances in the Bundesliga and Champions League and the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton were all at one point considered the favourites to snap him up.
The interest from England was however predictable considering the midfielder’s heritage. His father was English and Holtby even grew up an Everton fan despite being born in Erkelenz to his RAF pilot father and German mother.
While Holtby has struggled at first his performance against Basel in a deeper midfield position was arguably his best yet for the club and hopefully now the time is coming for the Anglo-German to prove what he can do; but could he be joined by another such player this summer?
The reason to ask is because Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt has refused to confirm his intention to stay in the Bundesliga next season; which could prompt a scramble of Premier League offers which Spurs should certainly get involved with.
Hunt is out of contract in 2014 and the hierarchy at the Weserstadion are desperate to secure a longer term deal for the 26-year-old German international but he has refused to commit his future to Die Werderaner:
"I have my ambitions. I am 26 years old and I would like to play in European competition and maybe also in a foreign country. I am still happy at Werder Bremen and I have had one conversation with [general manager] Thomas Eichin. But I am not in a hurry and the players that arrive and leave will be a decisive factor for me."
Hunt himself is also half-English and it was even reported Fabio Capello was at one point interested in calling him up to the senior side; something Hunt himself denies.
Hunt has an English mother and even confirmed himself that his grandfather went to the same school as Sir Bobby Charlton, he was a Liverpool fan as a boy and his uncle is a die-hard Arsenal fan; he also has plenty of relatives in the North London area.
Why should Spurs look at him?
Well Hunt has been in good form this season and can operate in multiple functions. Most interestingly is his ability to play on the left. With Gareth Bale being asked to play a more central position this is certainly an area of weakness at the moment for AVB to look at in the summer.
Adding to his Anglo-German contingent could just be the ticket.
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