Tottenham desperate to keep big money flop

Tottenham are determined to keep Erik Lamela at White Hart Lane after his difficult debut season.

The Argentine became Spurs’ record signing last year when he completed a £30m switch to north London from Roma, and was initially dubbed as the man to replace the outgoing Gareth Bale.

However a series of injuries and an inability to settle in England saw him fail to justify the hefty price tag.

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Lamela has been heavily linked with a return to Italy in recent weeks, with Inter Milan having been mooted as a likely destination.

But the San Siro outfit’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, has revealed that Tottenham are desperate to keep their attacking star:

“Lamela is a dream that we haven’t been given a chance to realise,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“Simply because Tottenham don’t want to put him in the market.”

The 22-year-old barely featured under Tim Sherwood at the back end of last season, but incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino – a fellow Argentine – is thought o be ready to hand the youngster a fresh start.

Lamela recently took to Twitter to reveal his excitement ahead of 2014/15 by posting a picture of him training to overcome a back problem.