Tottenham Hotspur have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Erik Lamela.

Lamela, 21, has joined Tottenham from Serie A outfit AS Roma for a deal that is worth up to £30m.

He becomes the latest star to leave the Giallarossi this summer, following in the footsteps of Marquinhos, who signed for Paris Saint Germain, and Dani Osvaldo - who also swapped Serie A for the Premier League, signing for Southampton.

The deal features an initial fee of £25.8m and a potential for £4.3m in add-ons dependent on performance and international selection.

Lamela has been thrust into the spotlight since his arrival at AS Roma in 2011. The Argentine joined the Italian giants from River Plate for a fee in the region of £11m.

Last season Lamela was one of the stand-out performers within Serie A, scoring 15 goals in just 33 appearances, in a season which saw the side reach the Coppa Italia final, before their eventual one-nil defeat to rivals Lazio in the final.

In total, Lamela made 67 appearances for il Lupi during his two-year stay, scoring 23 goals.

The deal smashes the previous expenditure record at Tottenham Hotspur, who paid £26m for Valencia front-man Roberto Soldado earlier this summer. Lamela signals the third occasion this summer that the club have broken their transfer record.

Tottenham's summer expenditure has now risen to £95m, although the club are awaiting the confirmation of Gareth Bale's switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid, which would see him become the most expensive footballer in the history of the game.

Tottenham have so far made six additions to their squad, introducing Vlad Chichires, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado.

It is widely expected that Tottenham will soon conclude a deal to sign highly-rated Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen for a fee of £9m.

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