Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs Sign Lewis Holtby Early from Schalke

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 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 have signed Lewis Holtby from German club Schalke with immediate effect, according to the club's official website.

The 22-year-old German, who already has a few caps for his ultra-competitive national team, was originally set to come to White Hart Lane in the summer.

However, after Spurs midfielder Sandro suffered a season-ending injury in early January, Tottenham's needs changed dramatically.

After failing twice in bids to get Holtby to come sooner, Spurs finally succeeded to get the move pushed through this weekend.

According to the Guardian, the deal was made for a £1.25 million transfer fee—a relative bargain, considering the potential of the young man.

Holtby seemed thrilled with the move and excited about this new opportunity in a statement made after the deal was made public:

Tottenham are a top club and I'm fulfilling my dream. Negotiations with Schalke were initially advanced, but then I looked over it all carefully again. I have spoken to André Villas-Boas and I am confident in his plans.

Lewis will now add some much-needed depth to the center of Tottenham's midfield, yet may not step directly into the starting 11. After all, Scott Parker and Moussa Dembele are experienced players who will not easily give their spots over to a newcomer.

Still, Spurs supporters should be excited about the signing, especially coming off the dismal display in Sunday's FA Cup loss to Leeds United.

Hopefully, Lewis Holtby can give Tottenham a shot in the arm and help his side recover from whatever hangover they were feeling on Sunday.