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Everton Consider Loan Offer For Tottenham Youngster Lewis Holtby

Former club Schalke also targeting unsettled midfielder.

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Everton are keen on signing young Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby on loan for the 2013/14 season, CaughtOffside understands.

The 22-year-old only joined Spurs from Bundesliga side Schalke in January, after some eye-catching performances in Germany, but the attacking midfielder has so far failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane.

Schalke may also look to bring Holtby back on loan, though Everton are believed to be readying an offer quickly as they fear they may lose star midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United.

Holtby could be an ideal replacement for the Belgian in the middle of the park, offering good numbers in goals and assists during his best form with Schalke, and Spurs may be willing to let him leave to play regular football as he is currently slipping further away from the first-team picture under Andre Villas-Boas.

The Spurs manager has brought in a number of new high-profile signings this summer, particularly in midfield, with Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli all competing for the various positions Holtby can fill, with the likes of Willian, Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic possibly still to come.

Holtby had been linked with Everton during his time at Schalke, as well as many other top clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool, before finally making a £1.5million switch to Tottenham in January.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has also considered moves for James McCarthy of Wigan and Gareth Barry of Manchester City in an attempt to bring in backup for Fellaini, but may see Holtby as a cheaper option if he is available on loan for the season.

Manchester United have so far failed in their attempts to sign Fellaini, and have also been chasing Toffees left-back Leighton Baines, but are likely to come back with an improved offer as the transfer window draws to a close.

Everton are not known for spending vast amounts of cash in the transfer market, and may still be put off bidding for the £15million-valued McCarthy or meeting Barry’s high wage demands even with the injection of cash that is likely to come from Fellaini’s sale, making Holtby the ideal candidate to solve Martinez’s midfield problems.

Holtby, whose father is English, has previously admitted to being a boyhood Everton fan, and he would likely welcome the chance to play for his family’s team, even if a return to the Bundesliga is an option for the German international.


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