Newcastle After Bargain Basement Players – Are Now Pursuing German International


News today that Newcastle are keen on Hamburg’s German International midfielder Lewis Holtby, who played for Tottenham and on loan at Fulham back in 2013 through 2015.

The report is in the Mirror and it’s the first time this summer we have been linked with the 26 year-old, who previously played for Schalke 04, before moving to Tottenham in 2013.

Holtby, 26, had two years at White Hart Lane but struggled to get a first team place and in January of 2014 he was sent out on loan to Fulham, where he played 13 times with one goal but he couldn’t prevent them from being relegated that season.

26 year-old Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby

The report is that he could be available for around £5M and it’s becoming clear that Newcastle are trying to pick up bargain buys and seem not to want to pay huge fees for any one player – at least this summer.

Nathan Ake went to Bournemouth for a cool £20M on Wednesday and there’s news in the local papers that while we were interested in the player,  £20M was thought to be far too much for the 22 year-old.

But maybe this is what the new transfer window looks like, although Chelsea have included a buyback clause in Ake’s contract, so it he really becomes a star player then they will buy him back.

Heaven forbid that Bournemouth should keep him in that case – that’s not a good deal for the buying club.

We mention Bournemouth and Ake because the ambitious Cherries are said to be interested in Lewis Holtby who we always through looked a good player when he played in England.

Lewis played 24 times for the German U21 side with 14 goals and he 3 full caps for Germany making his debut way back in November, 2010 in a friendly against Sweden when he had only just turned 20.

£5M would appear to be a fairly low risk proposition for Newcastle, but it’s a good question as to whether he can play well in the Premier League.

In the three years he’s been at Hamburg he’s been a regular starter and has played 90 times with four goals for the Bundesliga club and while at Tottenham he played 42 times with 3 goals.

What do you think about this player?

Comments welcome.



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