Tottenham Sign Arsenal Target Lewis Holtby

By on January 4, 2013

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Tottenham win Holtby race.

Lewis Holtby

Tottenham have confirmed on their official website they have agreed a deal to sign Lewis Holtby from German side Schalke, with the player joining the club in July subject to a medical.

The creative midfielder joined Schalke from German second division side Alemannia Aachen in 2009 and became a first team regular last season as Schalke qualified for the Champions League.

Despite having an English father, Holtby is a former German under-21 international captain and has earned 3 caps for the senior team so far in his career.

The Daily Mail claim the 22-year-old is in the final year of his contract and has failed to agree terms over a new deal, leading to interest from throughout Europe with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirming to the newspaper on Thursday that he was monitoring the midfielders progress.

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However, Tottenham have won the race for his signature and announced on TottenhamHotspur.com this afternoon that Holtby will move to White Hart Lane in the summer after reaching a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free transfer move.

Are Tottenham fans pleased with the signing? Are Arsenal fans unhappy to miss out on Holtby? Get involved in the comments section below.

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13 Comments

  1. Rudi

    January 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    what is Arsenal doing????
    Spurs have signed Holtby under our nose and we are just kept looking at…..

  2. sammy

    January 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Veri soon arsene wenger will say he want 2 do deadline transfer..I can’t see arsene wenger signing any player…..buh let keep de faith sha…goooonerz 4 life

  3. Ry

    January 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    What is going on AW u can’t even a arsenal fan SMH

  4. Anon

    January 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Very frustrated at the mo … I rate Holtby quite highly and really wanted us to get him… People say, arsenal have so many attacking players and so many wingers but, do we?

    - Ros does not play and is over rated by the fan base, plus injury prone and old.
    - Gervinho is pants!
    - Arshavin is on the way out, old and does not play
    - walcott will play more centrally and even when he is on the wings he is more of a striker
    - AOC is good, but comes into the centre too much

    And ros is not even a winger … other then that you have jack, cazrola and arteta … arteta is getting on a bit aswell.

    Holtby is a great young player… arsenal have been left with red cheeks here!

  5. Ry

    January 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Let’s see what happen with zaha he is a fan as well

  6. leeroysgooners

    January 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    It makes me laugh all I ever hear is arsenal need to stop buying kids with promise and buy household big names now we miss out on another maybe to the spuds and everyone moans… make your mind up if we signed him today it would classed as same old tight arsenal/wenger… snm

  7. Goon B4 time

    January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    We really in all honesty did not need him. If it was a signing who was going to have an imediate impact then great, but come July when he’d be eligible to play, Eisfeld and Gnarby will have had more experience and be loudly knocking on the first team door. Trust Wenger, he knows what he’s playing at. We have more class than many credit us for

  8. Scott

    January 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Why is it that every player that is signed by a team is an Arsenal target. Holtby wouldn’t start on our squad so why buy him. You bashers need to get a grip.

  9. TAR

    January 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    We would probably sign another french player…who will be injured just like Diaby…who needs to be paid for absolutely nothing, and still, no trophies…

  10. ped

    January 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    chuffed as this is just what the spurs needed … this guy is gonna be huge & to get a german international who’s captained the u21 side on a free…
    maybe that’s a probem for AW … he’s not french..

  11. Holtby who?

    January 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    He’s a very poor mans fabregas, good player but not good enough to oust jack, ox santi or even arteta from The Arsenal midfield.
    Lazy scouting by spuds as usual! Swear they’re stalking our scouts!
    Fact is, Wenger looks at loads of players with potential.spurs is a good fit for him though,wenger dropped some Jedi mind tricks on spuds to buy him, I didn’t rate him when we played Shalke in the ECL, a touch above premier league average at best.
    So if you have half a brain, you’ll realise we’re not interested in him, don’t need or want him, furthermore , we were his preferred destination!! Look it up.
    He’s simply not the type of player we need.
    COYG

  12. TC

    January 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Spurs chief scout strikes again… Arsene Wenger!!!! Wonder if Spurs will be so Cock up their hoop when they run out of money… Shade’s of Leeds one thinks!!!!

  13. Holtby who?

    January 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Today, spurs are after Zaha! Just as we drop our interest in him!
    Nice scouting spuds! Almost laughable!
    Forever in our shadow!!! Coyg!!!

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