Monday, 28th January, 2013

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt was in London last night for talks with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy, as a switch to White Hart Lane for midfielder Lewis Holtby continues to edge towards completion.

Holtby has already signed a pre-contractual agreement with Spurs to join when his Schalke contract expires at the end of the season, but the English Premier League club are pushing to move forward the deal to this month.

Spurs have already had offers to this end, the latest being €1.5M, rejected by Schalke, who want at least €2M.

Talks are still ongoing though and according to German daily Der Westen, Heldt was in London for talks with Levy yesterday, with the Schalke sporting director sticking to his €2M valuation.


It is likely that a deal will be agreed before the transfer window shuts on Thursday, with Schalke eyeing Lyon schemer Michel Bastos as a replacement.

Holtby has continued to be in fine form for Schalke, despite knowing that his time at the Ruhr giants is coming to an end.

Indeed, so good have his performances been that team-mate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has warned the club against selling him this month, feeling that Holtby is vital to Schalke’s chances of securing a Champions League spot.

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