Is there a benefit in signing Holtby now?
It has been suggested that Lewis Holtby could be allowed to join Spurs in this window as opposed to waiting until the summer. Is this an advantage to both player and our club?
Of course the easy answer is a yes, but at a suggested £1.6m, plus his wages, whether his current £30,000 or the wages offered under his new deal, it represents money the Daniel Levy may not have calculated in his budget and similarly has AVB a real need for him now, even if Adebayor has a month in South Africa?
Add the basic wage and we are adding at least two and a half million to our costs, perhaps nearer three if he is paid at around the 65 grand we are supposed to be paying, however that also perhaps includes signing on fee's etc. If we consider that we have Dempsey looking impressive and Sigurdsson improving, is there a need to have Holtby today as a first team player and in effect would we be paying up to £3m to get a player used to our game and ideas with the idea that he hits the ground running in August?
Perhaps there is major room for negotiation, as perhaps Schalke no longer feel they can play him as a first choice player as they look and perhaps secure a replacement or feel his mind may not be on the job in hand, something that is always a potential issue for both player and club, once a deal is agreed. If there was a possibility that we could pay half go their opening suggestion and take on his contact, that may well be a good deal for everyone, but I don't feel we should be held to ransom at a time when it may be preferable for Schalke, more than us in the short term...