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Friday 04 January 2013

Transfer news: Spurs to sign Lewis Holtby in summer

Newcastle United sign Mathieu Debuchy, Tal Ben Haim joins QPR and Marouane Chamakh loaned to West Ham

  • Lewis Holtby is captain of the Germany Under-21 side

  • Mathieu Debuchy (right) in action for France during UEFA Euro 2012

  • Chamakh has found his opportunities at Arsenal limited of late

  • Tal Ben Haim has joined Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season

Tottenham Hotspur have announced that they have reached agreement with Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby to join in July on a free transfer.

The Germany Under-21 captain, who also has three senior caps, will be a free agent in the summer. The move for the 22-year-old, whose father is English, will be subject to a medical.

Newcastle reinforce with Debuchy

Newcastle United have made their first signing of the January transfer window with the capture of right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

The 27-year-old French international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract after moving to St James' Park for an undisclosed fee.

"It is great to become a Newcastle United player," he told the club's official website. "After many great years at Lille I felt I was ready for a new challenge, and cannot wait to play for such a big club in the best league in the world.

"He is an established top international player and it is a real coup for this club that we now have him at St. James' Park"
Alan Pardew

"I hope I can bring something fresh to the team and help us get up to the highest possible position in the Premier League this season. I will give everything for this club."

Debuchy, who will wear the number 26 shirt, has been part of the senior Lille set up for 10 years, making more than 230 appearances. He has also won 12 caps for his country.

"We are absolutely delighted to have finally secured the signature of Mathieu," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

"It's no secret we've been trailing him for some time now and to have reached this point fills me with great excitement and anticipation in respect of what he will be able to offer the team.

"At the same time it's a huge relief to actually have him with us now. He is an established top international player and it is a real coup for this club that we now have him at St. James' Park.

"Mathieu will add real quality to our team, in terms of his ability, character and experience and I am sure he will quickly become a firm favourite among our fans too."

West Ham take Chamakh on loan

West Ham United have signed Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old, who joined Arsenal in 2010, has found his opportunities limited at the Emirates Stadium and becomes West Ham’s third signing of the January transfer window.

Chamakh has been capped 61 times by Morocco and helped Bordeaux win the Ligue 1 title in 2009. During his time at Arsenal he has scored 14 goals in 67 appearances.

"I'm very happy to be here, I want to play and give my best for this team," Chamakh told West Ham’s official website. "I can bring my heading, some goals and we will see what else.

"This will be a very important move for me and I don't want to waste any more time. I want to contribute immediately.

"I didn't have opportunities to play recently, but I did well before and I know I am a very good striker. We played only one striker at Arsenal, so I didn't play a lot, so I hope to do so more with West Ham."

QPR snap up Ben Haim

Experienced defender Tal Ben Haim has joined Queens Park Rangers on a short-term deal.

The 30-year-old Israel international, who has played for the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and Manchester City, was a free agent after leaving Portsmouth in August.

He has signed a contract which will take him to the end of the season and has been handed the number 21 shirt.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp told the club's official website: "Tal's a great professional with vast experience and I'm confident he'll be a really useful addition to the squad.

"His attitude is first class and the fact he can play anywhere across the back four is obviously a big bonus for us.

"He just wants to play. He's not here for the money or anything like that. He just wants to come in and do his best for the club."

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Key Points

  • Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby to join Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in the summer
  • France right-back Mathieu Debuchy signs for Newcastle from Lillle
  • QPR have signed former Portsmouth defender Tal Ben-Haim on a free transfer until the end of the season