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Since signing for Tottenham Hotspur last summer from AS Roma, Erik Lamela has failed to live up to his £30million price tag.

In 15 appearances for Spurs he has scored just once (against Norwegian second-tier outfit Tromso) and has three assists to his name.

Now it appears Serie A Champions, Juventus, are set to offer the Argentine winger a way out.

It might turn out to be a good thing for all parties if Lamela were to leave White Hart Lane.

Firstly, the star's father has declared that his son is unhappy and "wants to go back to Italy", according to ESPN.

Speaking to Italian media, Jose Lamela said: "Erik is not happy and wants to go back to Italy." 

According to the Mirror, the Bianconeri are set to offer Tottenham a part-exchange plus cash deal to take the wantaway star back to Italy.

Juventus currently sit at the top of Serie A, eight points clear of second place Roma after their comprehensive 3-0 win at home to the Giallorossi. 

It would be good for Lamela to join up with the Turin side and play in a less pressurised environment. Juventus are storming Serie A with no sign of slowing down, it would take something extraordinary to snatch the Scudetto from their grasp.

This would give Lamela an ideal playing environment, with their eight point cushion, Juve can experiment and give the star the time he needs to shine again. 

Obviously then, if Juve manage to land Lamela for a £5million fee plus Mirko Vucinic and get him back in form, it will be a real coup.

Lamela is only 21 and has a lot of time still to develop. He is quick and skillful, and will blossom with appropriate coaching and playtime. Tim Sherwood probably isn't the man to nurture this, Antonio Conte is.

Tottenham would be getting some positives too. While Daniel Levy would have to concede this episode as a bit of bad business, getting some money and a player for him would soften the blow. The space in the squad left by Lamela could be filled easily, and more effectively, by England's qualification hero, Andros Townsend.

Vucinic is an experienced goalscorer and has shown this in Serie A for years. He could be what Spurs need.

He isn't a big-name marquee signing, like every player they tried to bring in, but he is a proven finisher. 

Vucinic would be under no 'price tag pressure' like Lamela (and Torres at Chelsea), and could play his game naturally. His experience and the competition he provides would also aid and improve Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.

And Spurs wouldn't be short of players to supply him. Their wealth of attacking midfielder are all good on their day and can get Spurs back on track for a high finish.

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