Italian club Roma claim that Argentine forward Erik Lamela is to join Tottenham for about £25.7m (30m euros).

The deal for the 21-year-old also includes up to £4.2m (5m euros) in bonus payments and takes Tottenham's spending to nearly £85m this summer.

The sale could finally enable Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid to go ahead for a world record fee of £86m.

Spurs have also signed Roberto Soldado (£26m) Paulinho (£17m) Etienne Capoue (£9m) and Nacer Chadli (£7m).

The north London club are just £2m short of spending as much as Manchester City who are the Premier League's biggest investors during the transfer window and have recruited four players for nearly £87m.

On Tuesday it was understood that Tottenham were being patient on selling 24-year-old Welsh forward Bale to Real and were not ready to let him leave until they had signed a replacement.

Now the Lamela deal appears to be in place according to Roma's website Bale could leave for Spain after joining Spurs from Southampton for £10m in 2007.

It will also placate Tottenham and their supporters after Willian chose to join Chelsea for £30m after looking set to join Spurs.