Tottenham are lining up a bid for Roma forward Erik Lamela, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Spurs new technical director and former Roma general manager Franco Baldini is ready to raid his former club. Baldini has remained in contact with his former star player after bringing him to Rome from River Plate in a deal worth upwards of €12m two years ago.
The Argentine has become one of the rising stars in Serie A. He scored 15 goals and provided five assists in 33 league appearances for Roma last season.
Lamela has been deployed on the left of Roma's front three in a 4-3-3 system and was arguably their best player last season. He was the club's second top goalscorer behind Pablo Osvaldo.
The interest in Lamela could be an indication that Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas is set to deploy a 4-3-3 system at Spurs next season.
Lamela is versatile and has the ability to play as an inside right forward, a left forward and in the hole behind the striker. The Argentine has a sublime first touch and a good shot. He is also an excellent dribbler with a lot of pace.
Spurs face stiff competition for the 21-year-old, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City holding previous interest in the player.
The London club will be hoping that Baldini's previous relationship with the forward can convince him to join the club despite the chance to play Champions League football at other suitors.
New Roma head coach Rudi Garcia will be reluctant to lose one of his prized assets so soon in his tenure at the club.
The Italian club will be without any European football for the second consecutive season and will be eager to keep Lamela to help bring European football to Rome once again. The club value the player between £20 to 30m but have no need to sell.
Lamela could be a huge success in the English game with his ability to glide past physical defenders.
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