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Sandro blow could accelerate Holtby’s Tottenham Hotspur arrival

Lewis Holtby could join Tottenham Hotspur before the end of the month.

Andre Villas-Boas pulled off something of a coup earlier this month, by agreeing a pre-contract deal for Holtby to arrive at White Hart Lane at the end of the season. In doing so, he denied a number of rival clubs – including Arsenal – who were also keen on the midfield player, who has won three international caps for Germany.

However, following the news that Sandro could miss the remainder of the current campaign with a knee injury, Spurs have been forced into a rethink. It is now believed that the Londoners will try and agree a fee with Schalke for the immediate transfer of Holtby, with a figure in the region of £2million being mooted in the press.

Whilst this could help ease Villas-Boas immediate problems, by making a bid for the player now, this could alert other clubs to his potential availability. As well as the Gunners, Liverpool and Everton have both been heavily linked, and the latter hold an advantage as his English father is a die-hard fan of the Goodison Park club.

Tottenham’s apparent eagerness to sign Holtby now, rather than wait until the summer, would perhaps highlight the lack of faith their Portuguese coach has in his existing options to replace Sandro. Scott Parker would be the obvious choice to fit in alongside Moussa Dembele, but the futures of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are uncertain.

The former is rated at £6million by the club, and he has been linked with a move to Fulham, where he would link up again with Martin Jol. The latter, meanwhile, is expected to complete a loan move to Queens Park Rangers this month

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