Hamburg director's comments suggest they could miss out on Holtby

Hamburg are prepared for the worst as they try and sign Lewis Holtby according to a club director.

Hamburg director Dietmar Beiersdorf has cast doubt over a return to the Bundesliga for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby.

Hamburg are reported to be interested in the versatile German who doesn’t appear to be close to breaking into Mauricio Pochettino’s first team plans at White Hart Lane.

However, despite confirming the club has heard from Holtby, Beiersdorf has suggested Hamburg are readying themselves for the possibility of missing out on the ex-Schalke player.

“Holtby is a good, young player who does not play so much at Spurs. I’d be lying if I said we haven’t heard from him. We must always be prepared for the worst,” he’s quoted by German tabloid Bild.

Holtby tried to revitalise his Premier League career on loan at Fulham last season but with the West Londoners relegated from the top flight, Holtby went back to Spurs with a not so impressive achievement to his name.

He’s a popular player with the club’s fans because he gets his head down and works hard wherever he’s asked to play by his manager.

However, central midfield is an area of the team where Pochettino definitely isn’t short of options at the moment.

Paulinho, Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Sandro among others give Pochettino plenty of different options in the middle of his team, which make Holtby’s presence less necessary.

There is still time left in the transfer window for Hamburg to negotiate a deal with Tottenham and because of his strong work rate Pochettino may prefer a loan deal, which would allow Spurs to get him back at the end of the season.

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