Newcastle United are interested in bringing Lewis Holtby to St James Park, according to reports on Friday morning.
The midfielder is the son of a British soldier who was stationed in Germany at the time of his birth.
He has played for clubs in both the Premier League and Bundesliga and is now said to be available for around £5m.
The Mirror claim that both Bournemouth and Newcastle are trying to sign him.
Holtby played for Bochum and Mainz on loan as well as Schalke, before then a relatively budget £1.5m buy for Tottenham in January 2013.
Arriving at White Hart Lane as a 22 year old, Lewis Holtby had already played three times for the German national first team, though he hasn’t added any international caps since.
After only 10 Premier League starts in 18 months, the midfielder then went to Fulham for the second half of the 2014/15 season but after 11 starts and 2 off the bench he wasn’t able to stop them being relegated.
A season on loan at Hamburg then followed before a £5m permanent move was triggered at the end of the 2014/15 season.
Not a great goalscorer, Lewis Holtby has only scored six league goals in the four and a half seasons since he first moved to England with Spurs.
Who knows if there is any truth in this one and whether it can just be chucked on the scrapheap with the hundreds of other dud transfer stories this window.
I know journalists will claim that just because a transfer doesn’t happen it doesn’t mean there hadn’t been interest BUT clearly there are a increasing number of sad/desperate journalists who sit around completely fabricating ‘interest’ in a particular random player.
Lewis Holtby has been a regular for Hamburg these past three seasons but they were only safe from relegation at the very end of last season, finishing a point above third bottom Wolfsburg, who went into a relegation play-off.