According to German paper Bild, Borussia Dortmund are eyeing Tottenham Hotspurs’ Lewis Holtby to come in and immediately cover the injured Jakub Blaszczykowski.
The German-born midfielder joined Spurs from Dortmund’s rivals Schalke 04 last January in a deal believed to be worth €1.75m
Due to a lack of minutes on the pitch and general unhappiness, Holtby has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga with former side Schalke 04 amongst those interested in his services.
The 23-year-old has barely featured in the Premier League this season – making just six starts as Spurs currently chase a Champions League spot.
Since Tim Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas as boss, Holtby has made just one appearance – starting Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day. He came off after 60mins to be replaced by youngster Nabil Bentaleb and hasn’t featured since.
The German press believe that Tottenham Hotspur would be willing to sell their midfielder for €6m – a fee which wouldn’t cause a problem for Borussia Dortmund.
Any move now would be beneficial for Lewis Holtby – as he currently stands little chance of making Germany’s World Cup squad sitting on the bench most weeks.
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp will see him as good cover for both Gundogan and wide-midfielder Blaszczykowski – and will reportedly look to bring him in before January transfer window shuts.
Lewis Holtby’s inclusion will boost Dortmund’s midfield ranks – therefore possibly softening the blow for the potential loss of Gundogan after the World Cup.
Whether Manchester United have a realistic chance of signing the coveted midfielder may depend on finishing in the Champions League places – however, following the signing of Juan Mata, perhaps those chances have increased and Gundogan will end up joining with the Spaniard at Old Trafford for next season.
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