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Reports: Inter and Lazio want Lamela but Spurs won't let him go

Reports suggest Lazio have joined Inter in trying to secure Erik Lamela on loan, but the player's father is quoted as saying Tottenham won't let him leave.

Erik Lamela may be struggling to settle in at Tottenham but he is still in high demand in Serie A with suggestions that Lazio as well as Inter are determined to lure him on loan.

Lamela wowed pundits with his performances for Roma last season but hasn't been able to show the same form at White Hart Lane since a £30m move to Tottenham.

The Sun have reported a quote from Lamela's father insisting that the player wants to return to Italy on loan but Spurs won't let him.

"He would go back to Italy," Jose Lamela is reported as saying. "But Tottenham wouldn't let him go in January."

While Inter would be an understandable move for Lamela, who will be looking for a return to form to secure a place at the summer's World Cup with Argentina, Lazio would seem an unlikely destination given his history with city rivals Roma.

Jose Lamela pointed this out in an interview reported by Lazio specialist site Lalaziosiamonoi.

"I don't know anything about interest from Lazio," he is quoted as saying. "I don't know whether Erik would go to Lazio having been at Roma."

However, Rai Sport seems convinced that Lazio are serious contenders in the battle to secure Lamela's signature.

And Il Tempo reports that new Lazio boss Edy Reja has asked for 15 days to evaluate his current squad and compile a list of requested reinforcements.

A temporary move to Lazio would allow Lamela to live in Rome and would guarantee him first-team football for the rest of the season, but it is hard to see how the Biancocelesti could cope with his wage demands.

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