By Greg Stobart
Tottenham have ruled out a loan move for record signing Erik Lamela this January despite the winger's desire for first-team football to boost his World Cup dream.
The Argentina international has started just three Premier League matches since his £30 million arrival from Roma in the summer and has largely been restricted to a substitute role.
Speculation in Italy is rife than Inter are looking to secure a loan deal for Lamela, while he has also been linked to Juventus in a permanent deal including a swap for striker Mirko Vucinic.
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Lamela was given few opportunities under former boss Andre Villas-Boas and Sherwood is yet to make a judgement on the attacker, who missed January 4's north London derby defeat to Arsenal with a thigh injury but is expected to be fit to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The veracity of quotes attributed to the 21-year-old's father this week has been questioned but Lamela is undoubtedly frustrated with his lack of form and opportunity at White Hart Lane.
The Argentine's agent is believed to be courting interest in his client, who has scored just one goal this season, in a Europa League match against Sheriff, and has settled slowly in London having arrived unable to speak any English.
A return to Serie A - where he scored 15 league goals last season - would be the most logical step for Lamela in order to stake his claim for a place in Argentina's squad for the World Cup.
But Spurs want to give the £30m man time to settle and believe that a return to Italy would be counterproductive to their long-term plans for the former River Plate star.