Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela is close to extending his contract with the club, according to claims in the Italian media. The Argentine joined the Premier League side in 2013, and after a slow start he’s become a key player for the team.

TMW have today revealed Lamela’s representatives have been in talks with Tottenham officials as the North London club look to tie down the Argentina international to the club. Lamela’s current contract expires June 2018, and even though Tottenham won’t be panicking at this stage to secure the former AS Roma star, they will still want to get this sorted as soon as they can.

It’s been reported Tottenham want Lamlea to commit to the club until June 2020, and further talks are expected in the coming weeks.

Lamela signed for Tottenham from Roma three seasons ago following the transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. The 24-year-old struggled in his first year in English football, but his talent was never in doubt. The South American has now settled in his new surroundings and is considered a crucial player for Tottenham.

Having links to Italy from his time at Roma, TMW may not be plucking this Lamela claim from thin air.