Tottenham offload another international midfielder as Mauricio Pochettino clears the decks for new signings

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Tottenham Hotspur have agreed the sale of Germany international Lewis Holtby, who has moved to HSV Hamburg on a permanent move.

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The club confirmed on their official website that they an agreement had been reached with the fallen giants of the Bundesliga.

The midfielder, who arrived at White Hart Lane from Schalke in 2013 for £1.5 million, has left North London for an undisclosed fee, moving to the club where he spent last season on loan [BBC].

Despite their struggles in the German top flight—where they finished in 16th place and had to beat Karlsruhe in a relegation playoff to avoid the drop—Hamburg have seen enough in Holtby to sign him permanently.

The former Germany U21 captain managed 22 appearances in the Bundesliga last term, contributing two assists. He also featured once for Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League at the beginning of the campaign before returning to his homeland.

Holtby arrived at White Hart Lane in 2013 when he left Schalke in a £1.5 million deal. In total, he featured 42 times for Spurs, although he struggled to live up to the expectations that accompanied him to North London.

He struggled to establish himself, and was sent on loan to Fulham in 2014, enduring relegation with the Cottagers.

Following the departure of Paulinho, to Guangzhou Evergrande on Monday [The Guardian], Tottenham’s transfer business is in full swing.

The departure of Holtby can be seen as further evidence of Pochettino clearing the deadwood from the squad as he continues to mould the team.

The likes of Christian Benteke [Mirror], Toby Alderweireld [Mirror], Iker Casillas [Express] and Mario Suarez [talkSPORT] have all been linked with a move to White Hart Lane this summer.





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