Tottenham close in on Lamela & Willian double swoop

Spurs technical director Franco Baldini will meet with Roma officials on Tuesday to discuss a move for the Argentine, while the Anzhi star is set for a medical in the next 24 hours
By Greg Stobart & Wayne Veysey

Tottenham are closing in on a £60 million double swoop for Roma star Erik Lamela and Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Willian, Goal can reveal.

Spurs technical director Franco Baldini is meeting with Roma chief Walter Sabatini in London on Tuesday for a fresh round of Lamlea talks, while Willian is set to undergo a medical in the capital in the next 24 hours.

The White Hart Lane outfit have yet to confirm a fee with Anzhi for Willian but Goal understands that they will pay in the region of £30m for the 25-year-old Brazilian.

Liverpool had previously been confident of securing the attacker's signature after lodging a bid of €30 million [£25.6m] last weekend, but the player's preference to play under Andre Villas-Boas helped the Londoners to move into pole position for his signature.

Meanwhile Lamela, who is regarded by Tottenham as the ideal replacement for Gareth Bale, has a five-year deal worth £65,000-a-week on the table from the club.

With the Welshman increasingly likely to get his dream move to Real Madrid, the Premier League outfit have indicated they will meet Roma's £29.9m asking price for the Argentina international.

Real are hopeful of agreeing a world record fee worth in the region of £86m for Bale but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is still holding out for £100m despite the 24-year-old’s desire to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Sources have told Goal that Lamela is the "absolute priority" should Bale leave, with the wide forward at the very top of the wishlist of both manager Villas-Boas and Baldini.

Baldini knows Lamela well from his time at Roma and the 21-year-old was a major point of discussion when the Italian met his former colleague Sabatini, the sporting director of Roma, in London earlier this month.

Spurs are also thought to have registered an interest in Roma's Miralem Pjanic, but the Italian outfit are only willing to offload one of the pair after selling Pablo Osvaldo to Southampton in a deal worth up to £17.2million last weekend.

Goal understands that the Giallorossi's manager Rudi Garcia would prefer to keep Pjanic, who has been earmarked for an advanced midfield role in his 4-3-3 formation this season.

The club value Lamela at €35m (£29.9m), a price tag which Spurs have now indicated they are willing to pay.

With former Arsenal forward Gervinho set to play on the right flank and club legend Francesco Totti on the left, Lamela has suddenly become expendable at the Stadio Olimpico.

Spurs could now agree a deal with Roma in the coming days.