Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal that will take Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby to the club in July.
Tottenham released the following statement on their website earlier today: "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."
Holtby, 22 , will continue to play for Schalke until his contract expires at the end of the season. The versatile midfielder has scored 11 goals in 75 appearances for Schalke and has also been recognized by the senior Germany side with 3 international caps to his name.
Tottenham's assistant manger, Steffan Freund, spoke yesterday on the possibility of Holtby joining a Premier League side: "For Lewis, it will not be a problem. He is half-English, he loves the Premier League.
"He is captain of the Under-21s for Germany, he will lead them at the European Championships in Isreal.
"I worked for under-16s and under-17s for the last three years, that is why I don't know him really well but what I can say is that he is a really good player."