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Without question, Tottenham's biggest priority this summer is keeping Gareth Bale in North London. But priority No. 2 for sure has to be upgrading at striker, and not surprisingly the club has been linked with a number of talented forwards.
Now you can add Erik Lamela to the long list of forwards Spurs are keeping tabs on.
From Jason Burt of The Telegraph:
Spurs' interest in 21-year-old Lamela predates [Franco] Baldini's expected appointment with Villas‑Boas, also an admirer of the forward who has so far earned only one senior cap for Argentina.
Lamela also fits the mould of the kind of versatile forward that Villas-Boas likes, given he can play on the wing or through the middle. He scored 15 times for Roma last season in 33 appearances. Lamela is known for his pace and dribbling ability and Villas-Boas regards him as a possible complement to Gareth Bale in a fluid forward line as the head coach eventually switches to a 4-3-3 formation.
It is unclear as to what level of fee Roma would demand for Lamela, if they agree to sell him, having paid €12 million (£10.2 million) to acquire him from Argentinian club River Plate.
Lamela doesn't seem to be the sort of sturdy pillar in the center of the pitch that Tottenham really need, but he would give the squad a versatile, young option in the attack that could play all three forward roles. And at just 21 years of age, he would be a buy for the future as well.
Spurs probably need to add a more pure central striker, but Lamela is the type of player that could be excellent for the club years down the line.
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