Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs Reportedly Land Schalke Star Lewis Holtby

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2013

PIRAEUS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 18:  Lewis Holtby of FC Schalke 04 in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Olympiacos FC and FC Schalke 04 at the Karaiskakis Stadium on September 18, 2012 in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Dimitri Messinis/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur FC has reportedly landed FC Schalke 04 star Lewis Holtby in a transfer window deal on Friday.

Sky Sports News' official Twitter page broke the news of Holtby's signing, as he is set to join the club in July:

Tottenham agree deal to sign German U21 captain Lewis Holtby from Schalke in July, subject to a medical #SSN

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 4, 2013

Holtby brings strong leadership ability to the club, having captained the U21 German national team. In just 20 appearances with them, Holtby has logged an impressive 12 goals.

Spurs' pursuit came after Liverpool made the initial offer to the 22-year-old midfielder, as reported by's Greg Stobart. Arsenal was also linked to the midfielder. Holtby has considered a move to the English Premier League for quite some time.

Having grown up an Everton fan thanks to the fan allegiances of his father, he has longed to proved himself in the EPL, according to Stobart.

Although Schalke was desperate to sign the young phenom, Holtby was dead set on fleeing and did not opt to sign a contract extension. His current deal expires in the summer.

Tottenham's official website confirmed the acquisition of Holtby:

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.

Sitting at third place in the EPL table, Spurs have won eight of their past 10 matches, only losing one. The addition of Holtby in July will only bolster the club down the road.

Spurs already have a strong attack, but with Holtby's quickness and excellent skills—as well as his acclaimed passing ability and vision on the pitch—Tottenham has plenty of reason to be excited about acquiring the young star's services.