Should Tottenham re-consider a Lamela-Destro swap deal?

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Roma are reportedly interested in re-signing Erik Lamela - but could Tottenham get a star striker out of the deal?

It wasn't meant to be like this for Tottenham. When Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid for £86m, Spurs were supposed to kick on and use the money to improve their team.

With Andre Villas-Boas snapping up the likes of Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, many even expected a challenge for the title.

Yet just four months into the season, Villas-Boas was sacked, with his signings struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.

Things still aren't much better for Tottenham, but one of the most curious cases is with Lamela, who was signed for around £26m from Roma.

Some Serie A experts believed that the Argentina could even be better than Bale if given time, but he was little more than a bit-part figure in his first season.

His second season has had its flashes, but they are so infrequent, so few and far between that the 22-year-old is considered as one of the most frustrating players around - and that inconsistency can only last so long.

Earlier this week, his former club Roma were linked with a move to bring Lamela back to the eternal city, in a bid to rescue him from his White Hart Lane misery.

Spurs may not want to part with him quite so easily, but there is a way that Roma could bring the former River Plate star back to the Stadio Olimpico.

With Soldado still struggling to find the back of the net and Emmanuel Adebayor remaining a divisive figure, Tottenham need to sign a striker in January - and Roma have one that could be available.

Italian international Mattia Destro has been linked with a move to Arsenal, and Roma seem willing to let him go if the price is right - despite him scoring four goals in just six starts this season.

The 23-year-old is predominantly known for being a goal poacher, and was reportedly a target for Tottenham during the summer when Pochettino arrived - meaning he's already on the club's radar.

Lamela has offered promise, but little to make us believe that he will become the advertised Bale 2.0 - and with Nacer Chadli growing in his second season, maybe Tottenham should at least consider swapping Lamela for Destro in a bid to acquire a top striker - especially as reports in Italy suggest that the discussion for such a deal started this summer.

It would be a shame to give up on a talent like Lamela, but he is such a hot-and-cold player that they may well be tempted into a deal if they can sign a centre forward in exchange.

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