Report: Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid open Erik Lamela loan talks

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur battles with Joe Bennett of Aston Villa during the Capital One Cup third round match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on September 24, 2013
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Reports suggest that Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid are talking about the possibility of Erik Lamela spending the second half of the season in La Liga.

Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly opened himself to the idea of loaning Erik Lamela to Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old Argentine has struggled to settle in North London since joining from Roma for £30m in the summer - although the Portuguese coach has urged patience with the former River Plate star.

According to The Express, the Spanish side have already held initial talks about a possible loan deal.

Lamela notched 15 goals in 30 Serie A games for the Giallorossi last season, but has managed just one goal in 13 appearances across all competitions this term.

Tottenham's Vlad Chiriches celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal against Fulham during their Premier League match on December 4, 2013
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