In Focus: Newcastle could be tempted by cut-price Lewis Holtby deal

According to reports on HITC, Newcastle United could reignite their interest in Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby with his future with the Bundesliga outfit looking to be in doubt.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Holtby’s Hamburg contract is due to run out at the end of the season and having been left out of the squad for the 3-1 win against Stuttgart on Saturday, it appears as though he could be heading closer to the exit door.

ESPN FC claimed back in June that Newcastle were one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in the 27-year-old, and HITC suggest that the Magpies could rekindle their interest in the former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham man and three-time Germany international, as he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club in the New Year.

How has Holtby done this season?

It has been up and down.

The midfielder played just one minute for Hamburg in their opening two Bundesliga fixtures of the campaign – managing to score as a very late substitute against Cologne in August – but he then played the full 90 minutes in the next four.

However, all of those ended in defeat to plunge the German side into relegation trouble in the early stages of the season, and he has featured for just 65 minutes since before failing to make the squad altogether against Stuttgart on Saturday.

Would Newcastle still want him?

It’s difficult to say.

Holtby has struggled to make an impact at the likes of Hamburg, Tottenham and Fulham following a fruitful spell with Schalke towards the beginning of his career.

However, he has shown that he can be very good on his day and the fact that he should be entering his prime – as well as potentially being available on a free or for a cut-price fee – could tempt Rafa Benitez to bring him to St James’ Park.

The Magpies’ front four of Joselu, Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez and Christian Atsu have scored just four Premier League goals between them in 11 matches this term, and Benitez may feel that the German – who can play on either wing or as an attacking midfielder – could add some quality and versatility in those positions.