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Tottenham offered Erik Lamela to Inter Milan in March but a deal failed to materialise, according to reports in Italy.

Lamela suffered with the latest of a long line of injuries for the majority of last term but came good towards the end of the campaign, scoring twice against Leicester City on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Argentinian has long been linked with a return to Italy – Spurs signed him from AS Roma in the summer of 2013.

And despite his usefulness to the squad, it appears Mauricio Pochettino was willing to let his countryman leave back in March.

That’s according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, who claim Inter were keen to take Lamela to the San Siro over the summer.

However, a deal apparently fell through when director of football Walter Sabatini left the club.

Following Sabatini’s exit, Inter were no longer willing to pay the €35 million (£31.5m) Tottenham were demanding for Lamela.

The 26-year-old was on the scoresheet against Liverpool last weekend and started in the defeat to Inter on Tuesday.

We’ve included Lamela in our predicted XI to face Brighton on Saturday, which you can read here.

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