Tottenham linked with Lamela-Inter swap deal: Two players Pochettino should demand in return

Tottenham's Erik Lamela

The Italian side are willing to send two of their players to White Hart Lane, a report claims.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele warm up before the gameLamela has put his slow Spurs start behind him

According to the Sun, which cites Italian publication Corrierre dello Sport, Tottenham Hotspur have been offered two Inter Milan player in exchange for Erik Lamela.

While the Italian giants are not as, er, giant-y as they used to be, it'd be difficult to turn a nose up at the duo in question, Jeison Murillo and Marcelo Brozovic.

Inter Milan's Jeison Murillo celebrates after scoring a third goal against Frosinone.Where would Murillo fit in at Spurs?

But with one (Murillo) a central defender and the other an attacking central midfield player, they're not the most ideal makeweights.

Spurs, of course, had the joint best defence in the Premier League last season, with Toby Alderweireld standing out alongside Jan Vertonghen and briefly Kevin Wimmer, while a more defensive-minded midfielder is thought to be on the club's agenda this summer.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino may be reluctant to lose Lamela in any case, but if he changes his mind, he should consider the following Inter stars instead.

Ivan Perisic

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesPerisic has been a hit in Italy

The Croatian was impressive in his opening Euro 2016 outing against Turkey, carrying on his fine form at club level - which saw 10 goals and six assists arrive in 41 matches for Wolfsburg and Inter combined last term. An attacking midfielder (RLC for those with Football Manager backgrounds), Perisic would be a like-for-like Lamela replacement.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesKondogbia: The midfielder Poch has been looking for?

Spurs fans will have fond memories of Kondogbia, who shone as Monaco dumped Arsenal out of the 2014-15 Champions League. In doing so, the imposing defensive midfield player bagged a £23 million switch to the San Siro, though Inter's links to Yaya Toure could make him a more attainable target. Signing the Frenchman could save the Londoners splashing out on Southampton's Victor Wanyama.

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