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Lewis Holtby - Schalke to Tottenham

Lewis Holtby has left Schalke to join Tottenham Hotspur for 1.75 million euros. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder rejected the Royal Blues's contract extension after spending over three seasons at the club. Holtby, whose father is English, was initially going to leave at the end of the season as a free agent, but Tottenham brought forward the deal after an injury to Brazilian midfielder Sandro. Holtby will team up with another German, former international Steffen Freund, who is assistant head coach at the London club.

"Tottenham are a top club and I'm fulfilling my dream. Negotiations with Schalke were initially advanced, but then I looked over it all carefully again. I have spoken to André Villas-Boas and I am confident in his plans."

Small consolation for Schalke is the money from the deal and they've moved quickly by signing Brazilian international left winger Bastos on loan from French club Olympique Lyonnais until the end of next season with an option to buy. Another option is to play 19- year-old Julian Draxler down the middle.

The immediate challenge for Schalke under new coach Jens Keller is their Champions League last-16 tie against Galatasaray in a fortnight's time. Their prospects look much tougher now that the Turkish champions have signed Didier Drogba and Wesley Schneijder.

The Royal Blues faced similar upheaval two years ago when they replaced coach Felix Magath with Ralf Rangnick and still managed to reach the semi finals. It is hard to see lightning strike twice.

Nuri Sahin - Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund (loan)

Going the other way from the Premier League to the Bundesliga is Turkish international Nuri Sahin, who returns to the club he joined as a kid.

He has agreed to take a substantial pay cut during his 18-month loan deal after an unsuccessful 18 months at first Real Madrid and then on loan at Liverpool. It's been an emotional homecoming for the man who inspired Dortmund to their first title under Jurgen Klopp in 2011 and a figure who was voted Germany's player of that season by his fellow professionals.

"It is overwhelming to be back home. My contact with the club officials, players and coaches never stopped in the past year and a half. This is my club, my home."

The prodigal son is still only 24 and boasts two Bundesliga records. He's the youngest man to play and score in the Bundesliga. Dortmund coach Klopp is now spoilt for choice in midfield.

Ivan Perisic - Dortmund to Wolfsburg

One man who has left Dortmund is Croatian attacking midfielder Ivan Perisic to join the Wolfsburg revolution under new sporting director Klaus Allofs and new coach Dieter Hecking.

The 23-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year contract, and cost eight million euros making him the most expensive signing of the German transfer window. He only started five league games for Dortmund this season and left the Champions for first team football.

"I was in a tricky situation at Dortmund because I wasn't getting enough games. Everything else was perfect there, we had great results, but I just wasn't happy with my playing time. So that is the only reason I chose to leave. Four years ago, Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga but since then it's been difficult. However, with the new coach and sporting director they're building something new and everything is possible."

Bayern Munich - Pep Guardiola

The biggest transfer for Bayern Munich was not of course a player but a coach in the form of Pep Guardiola,who takes over next season and who has allegedly been given a warchest of 280 million euros. Top of his list are rumoured to be two South Americans, Liverpool's Luis Saurez and Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid.

Also joining the record Bundesliga Champions next summer will be highly-rated Mainz defender Jan Kirchoff.

The 22-year-old joins Bayern as a free agent after five seasons at Mainz. The German under 21 international will replace Belgian defender Daniel Van Buyten, who will be out of contract. So the competition for places in Bayern's defence will be stiff.


The busiest club in the transfer window have been relegation-threatened Hoffenheim, who dropped into the relegation zone after their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Hoffenheim had to react and just before the transfer window deadline ended, they signed Brazilian goalkeeper Heruelho Gomes on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season. And Gomes will start In Saturday's derby against Freiburg.

This move comes just a day after Sporting director Andreas Muller claimed there would be no more deals.

Muller explained "We need to protect Tim Wiese. He's in a no-win situation because the fans are putting too much pressure on his shoulders. They expect him to give one hundred and fifty per cent in every game, which is just not human."

24 hours earlier they moved for Belgian international striker Igor de Camargo on loan from Borussia Moenchengladbach until the end of season. Polish international Eugen Polanski made his debut last Saturday after signing on a two-year deal from Mainz.

The 26-year -old defensive midfielder wasn't getting enough playing time at Mainz and will add steel to midfield as Muller explains.

"Eugen brings a lot of Bundesliga experience. He is well trained tactically and we will use him to regain a bit of stability that we need in the relegation battle."

Hoffenheim have also snapped up Peruvian international Luis Advincula, a 22 -year-old defender from the Ukrainian League, Argentine David Abraham from Getafe in Spain and Ghanaian international midfielder Afriyie Acqua from Palermo in Italy.

Saying 'Aufwiedersehen' to the Bundesliga

Renato Augusto, Bayer Leverkusen to Corinthians, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Stuttgart to Inter and Emmanuel Pogatetz on loan to West Ham after just six months at Wolfsburg.

Tony Jeffers
Eurosport Bundesliga commentator

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