Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly early frontrunners to sign River Plate teenager Erik Lamela.

According to Metro, the two Barclays Premier League rivals will be joined in their reported pursuit by Barcelona, who had previously attempted to sign Lamela when aged just 12-years-old.

Now 19, Lamela has quickly become an integral member of the River Plate side and is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in South America.

The versatile attacker would certainly prove to be an intriguing signing for Liverpool or Spurs, and the Argentine is one of several targets both clubs are seemingly chasing.

Roma playmaker Jeremy Menez has been linked with a move to Anfield and White Hart Lane respectively, while Barcelona starlet Bojan Krkic is also reportedly on the radars of Liverpool and Spurs.

Both clubs are known to be in the market for attacking reinforcements come the summer transfer window and are expected to invest significantly to improve their squads.


Despite signing Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez for a combined £58 million in January, Liverpool are said to still retain plenty of transfer reserves and have already earmarked a number of potential acquisitions.

Meanwhile, Spurs appear destined to land a mega-bucks target before next season after failing to capture a marquee signing during the January window.

Harry Redknapp revealed that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had been willing to spend in excess of £30 million big-name player, but the north London club were ultimately fruitless in their attempts.

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