Erik Lamela could be set to leave Tottenham in January, with reports suggesting that the midfielder is in talks over a loan move to Serie A.
21-year-old Lamela only joined Tottenham from Serie A outfit AS Roma this summer and in the process became the club's record signing at a total cost of approximately £30 million.
However, despite high hopes that the versatile attacker would be capable of eventually filling the considerable void left by the world-record departure of Welsh star Gareth Bale to La Liga giants Real Madrid, Lamela has struggled at White Hart Lane.
The former River Plate starlet has made just nine appearances in the Premier League so far this season, during which time he has failed to register a single goal and only has one solitary assist to his name.
He was an unused substitute during Tottenham's morale-boosting 2-1 victory over struggling Manchester United on New Year's Day and was not in the squad for the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal on Saturday evening.
Were he to complete such a loan move to Inter, it would surely come as somewhat of a shock to Spurs supporters given the short amount of time he has spent at the club and indeed the exorbitant fee it took to bring him in.
However, with the World Cup on the horizon, Lamela must surely know that he needs to be performing regularly if he is to guarantee a place in Alejandro Sabella's squad for the tournament.
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