Tottenham latest: Lamela out and former Arsenal star in?

All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from White Hart Lane...

Former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has been speaking about his time in England as if he will not be returning there to manage any time soon. The Portuguese displayed particular affection to the Tottenham faithful, after many expressed disappointment at the way the club's managerial merry-go-round has turned out this Christmas.

"I wish I could have responded to the confidence shown by the fans with a trophy," Villas-Boas told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, as reported in the Daily Mail.

"I had great ambitions to win a trophy this season."

It is now likely that AVB's next job will be on the continent, with his reputation perhaps irrevocably tarnished in the UK.

The Mail also reports that Villas-Boas' successor Tim Sherwood is faced with a decision on whether to loan out struggling forward Erik Lamela amidst mounting interest from Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan. 

The belief is that unless Lamela is to become a regular for the second half of the season, his growth is better suited getting games for a team in another league.

One spectacular transfer story that has emerged is that of Tottenham's pursuit of ex-Arsenal, and current out of favour Chelsea left-back, Ashley Cole. Metro has published a story linking the England man, who is out of contract at the end of the year, to both Spurs and Liverpool. Having lost his place in the starting line-up in recent weeks, a transfer to Tottenham would allow Cole to stay in London, and it is likely that such a transfer would not frighten Cole, given the nature of his previous move.

If he chooses to leave England, Metro reports that he could meet up with former teammate Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls.

images: © StartAgain, © thearcticblues

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch