Erik Lamela is currently on the fringes of Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up at Tottenham.

Italian outlet LaRoma24 have claimed in an exclusive that Tottenham Hotspur have offered winger Erik Lamela back to his former side Roma with six days remaining in the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old is currently on the fringes of Tottenham’s squad since returning from a long-term injury that saw a double-hip operation keep him sidelined from October 2016 to the end of 2017.

Making his return as a substitute against Leicester City on November 28, Lamela has managed just 273 minutes of Premier League football spread out across 11 appearances – starting only two of those matches.

The likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min remain above Argentina international Lamela in the pecking order, while Moussa Sissoko is also vying for first-team football.

It is said that a representative of Tottenham met Roma’s director of football Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo this week, otherwise known as Monchi, to discuss the future of Lamela.

Monchi.

Signed by Andre Villas-Boas almost five years ago, Lamela has two and a half years remaining on his contract with the north Londoners but with game time limited, he could be tempted to move.

Lamela needs game time if he is to prove he warrants a place in Argentina’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, but he is unlikely to be given the game time required at Tottenham to show why he deserves to be on the plane.

A move back to former side Roma, then, could be a transfer that will benefit all parties.

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