Inter owner confirms head coach 'likes' £30m Tottenham flop

Erik Lamela

Erick Thohir has confirmed Inter Milan's interest in signing Erik Lamela this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur were always going to have a tough task replacing Gareth Bale last summer but Erik Lamela, the man given that task, has certainly not lived up to the hype.

Lamela has been nothing but a resounding flop at Tottenham Hotspur this season - although he was thrust into something of an unfair situation.

Overpaid for at the price of an overall potential outlay of £30 million he also had to settle into a new lifestyle as well as try to adapt to a new language - it was certainly never going to be easy for the player.

He has also suffered throughout the campaign with injury problems, a continuing back problem keeping him out of action since the end of December.

He has struggled to perform on the pitch when he has been given the chance and it is widely expected that Spurs may cut their losses on the player this summer.

The biggest struggle might just be finding a buyer for the player. Inter Milan however have been linked with him recently and they have now made that interest concrete.

The club's new owner Erick Thohir has much to do if he wants to win over the fans at the San Siro. Movement in the transfer market is therefore very much expected.

Today he has spoken about Inter head coach Walter Mazzarri's transfer plans for the summer, mentioning the Argentine by name:

"Mazzarri likes Lamela and Luiz Gustavo, but everything will depend on the situation of the market. In about two weeks we hope to be able announce a new player. Mazzarri believes in our plan and we must sit around a table to talk about his renewal."

Many Spurs fans believe Lamela should get another chance to impress next season, perhaps under a new manager he can live up to his price-tag. But if Indonesian tycoon Thohir comes up with the goods Daniel Levy and co will be very tempted to send him on their way.

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