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Holtby could consider Schalke return

ESPN staff
January 14, 2014
Lewis Holtby has made only 12 Premier League appearances this season © Getty Images

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby could be open to a return to Schalke, with his agent telling German newspaper Bild it would be "an interesting option."

Holtby left Schalke for Spurs a year ago, but he has made only 12 appearances in the Premier League this season and finds himself down the pecking under new boss Tim Sherwood.

His agent, Marcus Noack, had said in November that the 23-year-old had no intention of leaving White Hart Lane but Holtby - who spoke positively about Schalke last month - now appears to be actively seeking a transfer.

"Above all else, Lewis wants to play," Noack said. "That's why we are looking for solutions. Schalke is an interesting option."

Schalke are hoping to reinforce their squad following Jan Kirchhoff's ankle injury, which will see the on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder sidelined for several weeks.

On Monday, Schalke coach Jens Keller had told kicker that the club "would really like to do something in the transfer market."

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