Report: Tottenham offer Erik Lamela to former side Roma

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Southampton, England.

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

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Southampton, England.

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.

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur looks thoughtful after the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Southampton, England.

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.

Roma sporting director Monchi smiles during a press conference at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on November 21, 2017 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group C football...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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