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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