Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be close to completing a deal for Roma forward Erik Lamela who is viewed by many as a possible replacement for Gareth Bale.
The Wales international is edging ever closer to moving to Real Madrid for a world record fee and it seems Spurs are keen to make sure they have a readymade replacement should Bale leave within the next few days.
Should a deal be completed then it would be the third time this summer that Tottenham had broken their transfer record after signing Paulinho for £17m, and then adding Roberto Soldado for £26m from Valencia.
Lamela has spent the last two seasons at Roma after arriving from River Plate in the summer of 2011 and last season demonstrated his quality as he scored 15 league goals playing from a wide attacking position.
Known for his exceptional dribbling ability and natural pace, the 21 year old has been capped by Argentina on three occasions and is regarded as one of the best young talents in Serie A.
However, it seems Tottenham have convinced Roma to part with one of their prized assets and goal.com believe that Lamela could be confirmed as a Spurs player within the next 48 hours.
Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini is likely to have played a major role in convincing Lamela to make the move to north London as the Italian spent a number of years at the Giallorossi and knows the player well.
Lamela was only named on the bench for Roma's opening Serie A game against newly promoted Livorno on Sunday and it seems manager Rudi Garcia is already preparing for life without the talented attacker.
Roma have made numerous acquisitions during the summer and it seems that former Arsenal forward Gervinho has been earmarked as the man to replace Lamela in the first team.
Gervinho moved to the Stadio Olimpico earlier this month and is expected to play on the right, with veteran Francesco Totti taking up the position on the left.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013: Models' Ramp Walk Aired on Tuesday [PHOTOS]
- Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013: Bold, Sexy and Sensuous Lingerie Fashion [PHOTOS]
- Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013: Drooling Guys, Conscious Girls, Naughty Jokes on Twitter [SEE PHOTOS]
- Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013: Best Pictures From The Sexiest Show Ever [ SEE PHOTOS/VIDEOS]