Despite agreeing a move to the English Premier League and Tottenham Hotspur in July when his contract with Schalke runs out, Lewis Holtby could still join Tottenham in the January transfer window, according to The Independent.
Last week, Holtby failed to agree a new contract extension with his current club, and consequently signed a pre-contract agreement with Tottenham as revealed on their official site.
However, Schalke's director of sport, Horst Heldt, revealed that the Germans would be ready to consider selling Holtby in January, should Tottenham desire to open negotiations.
Heldt was quoted by Daily Mail:
If Tottenham ask for Holtby in the January window, we will talk to them about it. Nothing has happened yet, but, from our point of view, we are prepared to speak to them.
It would have to be done quickly, because we would have to find a replacement for him.
The outgoing Schalke midfielder thanked the club for their support and admitted that he would have signed a new contract extension with the Royal Blues long ago were it not for his English roots luring him to the Premier League.
Here's what Holtby had to say (via Daily Mail):
I hope that you can understand me and that we can enjoy the remaining games together. I am grateful to have been given this chance here in Schalke, I have always identified myself with this club and I will continue to do so until the very last second.
If it weren't for my English roots and for the Premier League, then I would have signed a new deal (with Schalke) long ago.
Schalke would reportedly be ready to part with the current captain of the German Under-21 national team for as little as £1.6 million.
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