The 21-year-old Argentine superstar’s arrival sees Spurs break there transfer record for the third time this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Erik Lamela via their official club Twitter account.
The North London club have paid a £25.8m fee to AS Roma, with the possibility of an additional £4.2m in performance-related add-ons.
This transfer of the 21-year-old sees Spurs break their transfer fee for the third time in one summer window, with midfield dynamo Paulinho and Spanish international Roberto Soldado already arriving for substantial fees and adapting to life at White Hart Lane with aplomb.
Lamela becomes the second Roma attacker to join the Premier League this month, following Daniel Osvaldo’s move to Southampton.
Lamela was in outstanding form for the Giallorossi in Serie A last season, notching 15 goals and five assists in 33 league appearances, all whilst playing from the left wing.
Several attacking players have joined Spurs this summer, but it is Lamela who is thought to be the true replacement for the imminently outward-bound Gareth Bale.
Lamela is a pacy left-footer with excellent footwork and an aptitude for beating his man. His preference of playing on the left flank and drifting into the middle of the final third should not look too dissimilar to Bale’s approach to Spurs fans.
Despite AS Roma announcing the move earlier on in the week, Spurs did not officially announce the player’s arrival until Friday.
Whilst Lamela may well be registered in time to feature in the North London derby against Spurs’ fierce rivals Arsenal, it seems incredibly unlikely that he will play.
See the first image of Lamela in a Spurs shirt here:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2013