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Spurs beat Premier League rivals to land Holtby

Things are starting to quiet down in the Football Transfer Tavern when it is announced by the landlord that Tottenham have beaten off stuff competition from a host of Premier League rivals to land Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby.

BBC Sport report that the highly rated German Under-21 captain will move to the North London outfit subject to a medical after his contract expires in June.

According to sources close to the player, who has an English father, Daniel Levy went all out to capture the German by offering him £3.5 million a year plus a signing-on fee of £530,000.

The 22-year-old could have played for England due to his father ‘s nationality right up until he received his first senior German cap in 2011.

Holtby had made it clear he would not renew his contract with the Bundesliga side attracting attention from a wide variety of European sides and Andre Villas-Boas will be thrilled to have secured his signature.

A Spurs statement said: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Germany Under 21 captain Lewis Holtby to join the club in July from Bundesliga side Schalke, subject to a medical.”

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