Favourites to sign 'wantaway' Tottenham star Holtby cannot afford him, says manager

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby has been rumoured to be on the move to Schalke 04 from Tottenham Hotspur. But Jens Keller says they can't afford him.

Lewis Holtby’s future at Tottenham is looking in increasing doubt. The German international has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas - and less than a year after he arrived, the midfielder looks set to leave.

Yesterday, even his gaffer Tim Sherwood admitted that some players may be leaving North London in the January window, stating:

"But players will be allowed to go as long as they are the right players and not ones I want to take us forward. You can only go with so many and because it is a World Cup year, it is important for some players that they play and we cannot guarantee them game time.”

Holtby’s agent has already confirmed a desire on his client’s part to leave White Hart Lane this winter…

"Lewis is not happy with the current situation at Tottenham. We are looking around to find a solution in this market in January.”

The first option that has come up seems to be a return to his former club Schalke 04. It would certainly suit both club and player. The Gelsenkirchen outfit need midfield cover and Holtby is likely to have a lot of time for his former employers.

So surely a deal could be pushed through quite swiftly?

Apparently not - as the Schalke boss Jens Keller has revealed today a major stumbling block in any potential deal for the player.

They cannot afford him.

Despite admitting discussions had begun for their former player the move seems a way off yet. Quoted in Bild, Keller reportedly stated:

"The discussions are not advanced. The transfer is not well presented financially.”

Bringing him in on loan is said to cost Schalke €1 million - a fee they are not willing to spend with the recent similar arrival of Jan Kirchhoff and with former Blackburn Rovers loanee taking up valuable wages.

So for now a move is on hold … perhaps a Premier League team could swoop.

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