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Lewis Holtby to seal permanent switch from Spurs to Hamburg

Hamburg are to complete the permanent signing of Lewis Holtby from Tottenham Hotspur, according to German media reports.

Holtby, 24, joined Hamburg on loan at the end of the summer transfer window, and a purchase clause was inserted which guaranteed the Bundesliga club would buy him outright once he made a specified number of appearances. That clause has kicked in after Holtby's first three appearances for his new side.

Reports in both Bild and kicker claim Hamburg were unable to afford to buy the former Schalke player outright on deadline day, which led to the additional clause committing the club to sign him later in the season.

Hamburg are to pay a transfer fee of around 6.5 million euros for the Germany international, kicker reported, on a contract until the summer of 2018. The deal will officially be rubber-stamped once the transfer window re-opens in January.

The midfielder joined Tottenham from Schalke in January 2013, but he failed to win a place in the starting lineup. He was sent on loan to Fulham in January, but could not help the Cottagers avoid the drop into the Championship.