The Argentinean is on the Nerazzurri’s radar for the summer transfer window and is one of a number of targets being considered.
Lamela spent two seasons with AS Roma before joining Tottenham in a £30m deal in 2013, then a club-record deal. The 25-year-old missed most of last season through a hip injury and has only recently returned to first-team action.
With a World Cup just around the corner, the 23-times capped Argentina international is reluctant to leave White Hart Lane in January lest he fails to establish himself at a new club.
Inter are keen to add Javier Pastore, 28, to their squad but are struggling to convince Paris St Germain to loan them the midfielder. His current wage bill is €2m higher than the San Siro outfit’s highest paid player, Mauro Icardi on €4m.
With FFP problems, the club’s new owners are unwilling to jeopardise the business of the next transfer window. Currently fourth and in the last Champions League place, Inter tried to strike a deal with UEFA over their long-term plans to avoid punishment for failing to keep to the financial rules.
That bid failed and it means a permanent deal for Pastore is currently out of the question. Lamela is seen as a viable alternative for his compatriot, although Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti would prefer the club to sign the former Palermo midfielder than the Tottenham man.