AS Roma face a huge battle to keep hold of star Erik Lamela in the final month of the summer market.Gazzetta dell Sport says Tottenham see the exciting Argentine talent as a readymade replacement for Real Madrid target Gareth Bale.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is leaning on his technical director Franco Baldini, who knows all about Lamela and what he is valued by Roma thanks to his time with the club.

Levy would be prepared to commit €35 mullion to landing Lamela - if and when Bale is sold for a world record fee to Real.