Tottenham open talks for £35m rated Argentine

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Tottenham have begun talks over a deal to sign Roma star Erik Lamela, according to

The Argentine international is seen as the ideal replacement for Gareth Bale, who could leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid this summer. 

However, Andre Villas-Boas may still sign the 21-year-old this summer as he sees him as a top target. 

Spurs have previously been in negotiations with the Italian giants and have yet to been put off by the £30-35 million asking price

The youngster scored 15 goals in 33 Serie A matches last season and could give Villas-Boas' side another dimension in attack. 

Spurs' technical director Franco Baldini knows Lamela well from his time at Roma and has already spoken to the Italian side's sporting director, Walter Sabatini, over the potential move of the youngster. 

Tottenham are currently preparing for the start of the Premier League campaign as they travel to new-boys Crystal Palace this weekend.

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