Tottenham sign Lewis Holtby

Lewis Holtby was set to leave Schalke in the summer. Photo: PA

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby for a fee of around £1.5m.

The two clubs have reached an agreement to bring forward the Germany Under-21 captain's transfer, which was due to go through in the summer.

A statement on the Spurs website read: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Schalke for the immediate transfer of Lewis Holtby."