Tottenham Hotspur had an agreement in place for £30million star

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Updated: September 4, 2015

Tottenham Hotspur had a deal in place with Marseille over the departure of Erik Lamela, according to the French side’s President.

Erik Lamela has been a huge flop since his arrival to Tottenham Hotspur two seasons ago and it was widely believed that the Argentine international would be offloaded by the club this summer.

Reports had claimed that Tottenham had a loan deal in place with Marseille for Lamela, with a view to a permanent transfer but the move surprisingly did not come into fruition at the last minute despite everything being put into place.

Now Marseille President Vincent Labrune has shed light on his side’s unsuccessful pursuit for Lamela by stating that the reason behind the failed transfer was due to Spurs’ inability to secure the services of Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion on deadline day.

Speaking to Le Parisien, Labrune said, “We wanted a striker for the long-term, but we decided to wait until January and focus on Lamela instead.

“We had the player’s, the agent’s and the club’s agreement. However, at 11.30pm, Tottenham were unable to get the replacement they wanted, and put an end to the talks. You cannot fault our ambition, even if, in the end, it didn’t work out.”

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