Spurs swoop for Schalke's Holtby
LONDON, Jan 4, 2013 (AFP) - Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby from Schalke at the end of the season.
Holtby had recently confirmed he would be leaving Schalke and Tottenham announced on Friday that the 22-year-old will move to White Hart Lane when his contract with the German club expires in June.
The 22-year-old midfielder, whose father Chris is from England, had also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool, but Andre Villas-Boas's side have won the race for the highly-rated playmaker.
A Spurs statement read: "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."