Report: Tottenham Hotspur, Roma discuss full-back swap deal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas in the dugout during a friendly match against Sunderland on July 24, 2013
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Tottenham and Roma are apparently in talks about the possible swap of their left-backs Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Federico-Balzaretti on season-long loans.

Tottenham Hotspur and Roma are reportedly in negotiations over a possible swap deal involving their respective full-backs, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Federico Balzaretti.

Assou-Ekotto has been told he can leave White Hart Lane this summer, but the Lillywhites have as yet failed to find a buyer for the 29-year-old Cameroon international.

Following a successful temporary spell at Sunderland last season, Danny Rose has been first choice on the left side of Tottenham's defence for their two opening Premier League victories.

Although he is willing to offload Assou-Ekotto, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen on recruiting some competition for Rose, but has apparently given up on his pursuit of Real Madrid star Fabio Coentrao.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham and Roma are discussing a deal that would see Balzaretti, 31, move to London on a season-long loan and Assou-Ekotto go in the opposite direction.

Balzaretti made 28 appearances for Roma last campaign after joining them from Serie A rivals Palermo.

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