Roma defensive starlet could join Spurs in Lamela loan swap

Whispers that Tottenham Hotspur forward Erik Lamela will return to Roma are growing in volume and a talented defender may move the opposite way.

Tottenham's record signing Erik Lamela has failed to settle in North London and he can't shake suggestions that he will head back to his old stomping ground of Roma.

Spurs paid £30m for the Argentine star having witnessed his exploits with Roma, but they have seen very little return on their investment.

The 22-year-old has been suffering from a back problem of late and has opted to spend some of his recovery time in Italy, sending the media's rumour mill there into overdrive.

While it is being reported that Lamela might not return to action this season, there are also rumours that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is putting pressure on manager Tim Sherwood to utilise their expensive asset.

The Corriere dello Sport today reports that an informal conversation between Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini and his Spurs counterpart Franco Baldini may have involved some negotiations over the future of Lamela.

Lamela could return in an exchange of loans involving 18-year-old defensive talent Tin Jedvaj going to White Hart Lane.

Baldini is said to be a big fan of towering centre-back Jedvaj who is currently impressing in Roma's talented youth side.

The Croatian Under-21 international is widely seen as one of Roma's most exciting rising stars and many feel a first-team chance could be on its way.

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