By Hassan Talib Haji
Lewis Holtby is set to join Fulham on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
The Germany international completed a medical on Thursday before having a decisive talk with Cottagers boss Rene Meulensteen that sealed the deal on his departure from White Hart Lane.
Fulham, who will give the central midfielder the No.10 shirt, have been locked in talks with both the player and Tottenham since the start of the week, with all three parties having agreed in principle to a short-term contract that will be signed on the eve of deadline day.
Despite Spurs' willingness to allow Holtby to leave on loan, the Champions League-chasing club will not allow Fulham any option to buy the 23-year-old outright in the summer.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino let slip that the Craven Cottage side - whom his Saints face on Saturday - have bagged Holtby in his press conference on Thursday.
"It's going to be a tough game against Fulham," the coach told reporters. "They've made a lot of changes, a lot of signings. They've just signed Lewis Holtby from Tottenham."
Holtby has endured a frustrating 12-month spell at White Hart Lane since joining Tottenham from Schalke last January, having failed to make his mark on the first team, with the likes of Paulinho, Sandro and Mousa Dembele all ahead of him in the pecking order.
The German had been linked with a return to the Bundesliga, but Fulham's loan move ensures he will remain in England until at least the summer.