Lewis Holtby featured regularly for Hamburg in the second division of German football last season, scoring four goals and registering five assists in 26 league appearances.

However, that wasn’t sufficient for him to extend his stay with HSV and he was released at the end of the last campaign. Despite being a free agent, he hasn’t found a new club so far.

Two days ago, we covered claims from Fussball Transfers suggesting the midfielder is in ‘intensive talks’ to join Blackburn Rovers.

German outlet Sport Bild now brings the latest update and claim the former Tottenham Hotspur man is on the verge of signing for Tony Mowbray’s side.

It’s also suggested the player’s transfer to the Championship club is expected to be completed this week. 

The report adds clubs from China were keen on signing Holtby and a move to the Far East could have seen him earn €3.5m net per season. However, he turned it down.

He’s come a long way from rejecting a lucrative salary from China to joining Blackburn Rovers now.