At the end of June Newcastle was said to be linked with former Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby.
We thought at the time Holtby may be a good acquisition for Newcastle because of his Premier League experience, and he seemed a decent enough player while at Spurs.
The 26-year-old signed on at Spurs from Schalke four years ago but didn’t have all that much success in London
Lewis signed a four-and-a-half-year contract and cost Spurs £1.5M.
26-year-old Lewis Holtby while at Spurs
He was sent on loan to both Fulham and Hamburg before making the move to Hamburg permanent in a £4.6M move in 2015.
In late June Holtby was available for just £5M, apparently because he’s on high wages and Hamburg wants to get him off their wage bill.
He is reported to be an excellent professional who works hard in training so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Rafa could sign this player for just £5M.
He seems to be a consistent player for Hamburg, but we wonder if the players Rafa now wants to sign – maybe three more – will be high-priced players that will add class to the side.
That’s what we need.
That would not be Holtby, although he could add to the squad with his good play and experience at a relatively reasonable cost with today’s silly transfer fees.
He played 24 times for the German U21 side with 14 goals and has 3 full caps for his country.
What do you think?