Southampton boss spills beans on Fulham deal for Spurs’ Holtby

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino may have been tight-lipped over the club's transfer business this month but the Argentine was happy to spill the beans over Fulham’s ‘signing’ of Lewis Holtby from Tottenham.

According to the Saints’ coach, Lewis Holtby has signed for Fulham from Tottenham, with the manager letting it slip earlier today during his press conference.

“It's going to be a tough game against Fulham,” Pochettino said.

'They've made a lot of changes a lot of signings. They've just signed Lewis Holtby from Tottenham.”

The only problem with Pochettino’s revelation is that Tottenham and Fulham have yet to officially announce the deal as done – some sources earlier today claimed the German international could be used as part of a swap deal to bring Dimitar Berbatov back to White Hart Lane.

The 32-year-old former Spurs and Manchester United striker has lees than six months to go on his current contract at Craven Cottage and had been hopeful of a move away from the club where he has said he is ‘unhappy’ in recent weeks.

A move to Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal had been suggested prior to the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger ruling out a move for the Serbian striker. Whether or not Berbatov is indeed part of the deal taking Holtby to Craven Cottage remains unknown but perhaps we could ask Mauricio Pochettino who seems to be the number one inside source ‘in the know’ when it comes to deadline day transfer deals.

After signing from Schalke in January last year, Holtby has made just six starts for Spurs this term and has yet to play a full 90 minutes in the Premier League. Spurs coach Tim Sherwood has been sympathetic with Holtby, as well as summer signing Etienne Capoue, and has expressed his understanding that the players both want more opportunities for first-team football which, at present, Sherwood has rarely granted them at White Hart lane.

Spurs are thought to have 'rejected' a €10 million bid for Capoue from Napoli but, if Pochettino's claims are accurate, Holtby has been allowed to leave the North Londoners fighting for a top four finish joing the West Londoner's in their fight for survival.

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