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Tottenham considering left-back swap deal with Roma involving Italy international

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Could another deal between Tottenham and Roma be on the cards?

Tottenham are hoping to seal the signing of Erik Lamela from Roma this week, giving them a wing threat and insurance in case the speculated departure of Gareth Bale does indeed happen.

But now a second Roma-Spurs deal has been suggested by the Italian media. Reports claim that a swap involving both left-backs could be on the cards.

It would see Benoit Assou-Ekotto heading to Roma, and Federico Balzaretti incoming to White Hart Lane.

"Roma and Tottenham could set up an exchange of fullbacks in the last week of the market. The Londoners like Federico Balzaretti and in fact could use as bargaining Benoit Assou-Ekotto, a player who likes the Giallorossi. At the moment, it is just an idea."

So what do Spurs fans need to know about Balzaretti and is he worth selling Assou-Ekotto for?

Balzaretti is 31-years-old, and is an Italian international with 15 caps to his name. He was however left out of the country's Confederations Cup squad, and has not featured for the Azzurri since last November.

He made 32 appearances last season for Roma, making four assists, and preceded that with four appearances at Euro 2012 for his country.

He has been sent off six times in his career, most recently for Roma just this April for two bookable offences in a 2-1 win away to Torino.

It was only last summer he signed for Roma, from Palermo for just under £4 million, where he had spent four seasons after switching from Fiorentina in 2008.

Prior to that the left-back had been at Juventus for two years, featuring in Serie B, having signed from rivals Torino where he began his career.

His age would be a reason why Spurs may shy off from this particular deal, but as a short-term option, Balzaretti would offer experience which Danny Rose does not possess and could learn from.

Links remain to Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid, but you suspect that if Bale is not sold to the club, the Portuguese left-back will not be coming to Spurs either, even though the deals are to remain separate.

It would not be a surprise to see Assou-Ekotto moved on next week and a new man brought in. but whether it will be Balzaretti remains to be seen.

Would you go for the deal? Or are Spurs better off with Assou-Ekotto?

image: © Damien Cansse

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