Tottenham sign midfielder Lewis Holtby

As reported on The Football Family yesterday, we believed the player was closing in on a move to London, and it has been confirmed today.

Tottenham Hotspur have this afternoon confirmed the signing of German u21 captain Lewis Holtby subject to the completion of a medical.

Highly regarded as one of the best young midfielders in Europe, he has been strongly linked with a move to The Premier League, due to his father being English and the player favouring a move there.

The player will join up with his new side in the summer where his contract comes to an end with Bundesliga side Schalke. The huge draw of european football was key in the move, with his new side looking likely candidates for Champions League football next season.

He will be taking part in the U21 Tournament in the summer for Germany, so this will be a good showcase of his talents on the world stage, which is why it was essential for Spurs to agree a pre-contract with the midfielder at the earliest opportunity.

Tottenham beat off competition from Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter and many other european sides for the youngsters signature, and becomes Manager Andre Villas-Boas second signing of the January transfer window