Big money Spurs flop still attracting interest ahead of January

Italian giants Roma and Juventus are both monitoring Erik Lamela’s situation at Spurs ahead of the looming January transfer window, according to reports from CalcioMercato.

The Argentine cost Tottenham close to £30m in the summer of 2013, making him the club’s most expensive signing ever.

He arrived around the period in which Gareth Bale departed to join Real Madrid and was widely tipped to be the player to replace the Welshman’s goals and influence from an attacking midfield role.

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However, Lamela has struggled throughout his two-year stint in England, with poor form and injuries having limited his impact under Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and current manager Mauricio Pochettino – who has hinted that his compatriot has one more season to justify his place at the club.

But despite his woeful performances in the Premier League, the former River Plate man remains highly-rated in Italy, with his former club Roma and champions Juventus reportedly tracking him ahead of the New Year.

Juve are thought to be considering a loan offer for Lamela, while the Rome giants’ sporting director, Walter Sabatini, is believed to be ‘madly in love’ with the player.