Friday 4 January
As has been reported and discussed elsewhere on Bleacher Report already today, Tottenham have agreed terms with Germany under-21 captain Lewis Holtby ahead of a summer move, subject to a medical being completed.
The signing of the Schalke midfielder was announced on the club's official website on Friday afternoon, Spurs' second such announcement in as many days following the capture of Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege.
Twenty-two year-old Holtby has been a regular in the Schalke squad for a couple of seasons having greatly impressed while previously out on loan at Mainz in 2010-11.
Although German born Holtby has an English father, leading to much speculation in the latter's press a couple of years back over which nation he would chose to represent.
He chose the country of his birth, and upon joining Tottenham will be the latest German to play for the club following on from Jurgen Klinsmann, Christian Ziege and current coach Steffen Freund.
UPDATE: Monday 7 January
The Daily Mail are among the media outlets reporting Schalke could be willing to negotiate a transfer fee for Lewis Holtby so he can join Tottenham now rather than in the summer.
Writing for the Mail, Simon Jones quotes the German club's managing director Horst Heldt as saying they would be prepared to sell him £1.6 million.
Spurs are hardly short for midfield options right now so may opt to wait until they can get Holtby for free. Especially if there are other players they need funds for this month.
UPDATE: Thursday 17 January
The Guardian believe that Tottenham and Villas-Boas are now looking to bring forward a deal for Lewis Holtby amid fears Sandro may be out for the season following knee injury.
The Brazilian would be missed but Spurs are well off for midfielders. Unless Villas-Boas does not want to run the risk of losing anyone else to injury and therefore sign Holtby early, he may stick with what he has got.
This would mean Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone, two midfielders linked with moves away (as discussed in the Guardian story) would stay in North London for the time being.