Holtby set for Hamburg medical

The 23-year-old will move to the Imtech Arena on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy next summer, having grown frustrated with the lack of opportunity at Tottenham
By Hasan Talib Haji and Daniel Jovanov

Lewis Holtby will undergo a medical with Hamburg on Monday morning as he moves closer to sealing a one-year loan switch from Tottenham, Goal understands.

Earlier this week Goal revealed Hamburg were weighing up a move for the 23-year-old as a possible replacement for Rafael van der Vaart, who has been linked with a possible reunion with Harry Redknapp at QPR as well as a move to Turkey.

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And now the Bundesliga side are closing in on a temporary agreement with Tottenham for Holtby which includes an option to buy next summer, having already agreed personal terms with the player.

Holtby moved to White Hart Lane in January 2013 in a £1.5 million deal from Schalke but failed to establish himself in the starting XI, and a year later was loaned to Fulham to help in the Cottagers' unsuccessful bid to preserve their Premier League status.

This season the Germany international has found himself behind the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Paulinho in the Spurs midfield pecking order and last week revealed he had grown frustrated with the situation.

"We're just going to have to see what happens in the next few days and weeks," he told t-online.de when asked about the possibility of a January move.

"I'm a young player and I want to be playing all the time. That's very important for me, for my development and for my career."

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