Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly try and push through a winter move for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby in order to replace current midfielder Sandro.
The Brazilian international has been superb for Andre Villas-Boas' side so far this season, but suffered a knee injury in the recent 0-0 draw against Queens Park Rangers—an injury that will see him miss the remainder of the season.
Tottenham posted the news via their official Twitter account:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 18, 2013
Sandro reportedly injured both his ACL and his MCL.
The injury now sees Tottenham Hotspur with a huge void to fill in the middle of the field, with Scott Parker the player most likely to start as his replacement.
However, as seen last week, Parker simply does not offer the same tenacity and presence in midfield as Sandro does—particularly on the defensive side of things—and could affect the North London club's performances as a result.
Thus Spurs are believed to be trying to push through a deal for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, whom the club have already signed for the end of the season (per Sky Sports).
Sunni Upal of the Daily Mail reports that Villas-Boas is keen to bring the midfielder to White Hart Lane now as cover for Sandro, if the German club will allow it. General manager Horst Heldt was quoted via the media outlet as saying that:
We are in talks about a move in this transfer period, but there is no agreement.
Tottenham contacted us, because they want Lewis [Holtby] now. We will decide in the coming days. Lewis is a good character, he will give everything to the last day for the club...
Moussa Dembele will likely continue his role in attacking midfield for the club, but they are in need of a partner to complement him in the middle.
And with Parker proving last week, against an average QPR side, that he isn't going to offer the same quality and consistency as Sandro, it is, therefore, understandable that they would want to push through a move for Holtby now.
But with the knockout rounds of the Champions League looming, Schalke have a big call to make as to whether they will let him go or not.
The North London club have been linked with potential moves (per Greg Stobart of Goal.com) for Mohamed Diame and Yann M'Vila as other potential replacements for Sandro, but with Holtby already lined up, Spurs will know that the easiest thing possible is for him to cover the void in central midfield.
That is, if Schalke are willing to let him leave this winter.
The German club will likely make an announcement in the next few days as to their decision per letting Holtby leave for White Hart Lane.
If the answer is no, we could well see some further transfer action from Villas-Boas as he seeks to build his side for the remaining half of the Premier League season and their chase for that elusive top-four finish in 2013.
Will Tottenham end up getting Lewis Holtby this winter or not?
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