Holtby arrives for Hamburg loan

Goal exclusively revealed the Bundesliga outfit's interest in the Tottenham midfielder, who landed in Germany on Monday morning before finalising his season-long switch
By Hasan Talib Haji and Daniel Jovanov

Lewis Holtby has arrived at Hamburg ahead of completing a season-long loan from Tottenham.

Goal exclusively revealed in August that the Bundesliga outfit were eyeing a move for the German with question marks over the future of captain Rafael van der Vaart.

Van der Vaart now looks likely to remain at Imtech Arena but Hamburg have pushed ahead with a deal for Holtby, who arrived in Germany on Monday morning to finalise a year-long switch with the view to a permanent deal.

The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham after falling out of favour under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood and has been afforded just one substitute appearance under new boss Mauricio Pochettino this term.

Cristian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli are currently ahead of Holtby in the pecking order and he was an unused substitute as Tottenham were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool, and recently spoke of his frustration.

"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 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."