Tottenham agree fee for Lamela, open talks for Eriksen

The Gareth Bale saga appears to be coming to an end with Tottenham closing in on not one, but two potential replacements.

The club are closing in on the capture of exciting Roma forward Erik Lamela with the Italian club confirming that they accepted an offer of £25.8 million from the London side.

A statement published on Roma’s official website read: “Roma announce they have signed a con-tract with Tottenham for the outright sale of the playing rights of Erik Lamela, in exchange for 30million euros.

“The agreement also includes the obligation to pay 5million euros in bonuses related to the achievements of the player and the English club.”

Lamela moved to Italy in 2011 from River Plate scoring 4 goals in 29 appearances in his maiden season however the 21 year old Argentinean impressed greatly last season scoring 15 goals and creating 5 in 30 Serie A games.

The impending arrival of Lamela would fill the gap left by Bale as he draws closer to a record breaking move to Real Madrid.

Despite being nearly over the line, a deal has not yet being finalised with the latest reports claiming that Bale is reportedly frustrated at the time taken by Spurs to complete their negotiations with Real and has failed to report for training after being given the weekend off by the club.

In any event Spurs have made plans for his departure and Lamela will join a strong looking squad that has been enhanced with the summer captures of Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue.

And it looks set to be strengthened further with Tottenham receiving permission by Ajax to speak to their talented playmaker Christian Eriksen.

The Danish International, in the final year of his contract, is highly-rated in European circles and has previously been linked with Liverpool, AC Milan and Roma.

However it would appear that his final destination will now be White Hart Lane with Ajax’s Director of Football Marc Overmars telling Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf “Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham,”

Despite being given permission to speak with the 21 year old Overmars confirmed that no deal has been signed with Spurs reportedly offering £8million, some £4 million below the Dutch side’s valuation, adding “There is no agreement yet until it’s signed,”

“Obviously, if it happens, we won’t be happy at all to lose him but he only has a year left on his contract” the former Dutch star added.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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