By Dominic Toner
Tottenham remain in contact with Italian side Roma about a season-long loan move for Federico Fazio but the deal has stalled, according to a report.
As Football Insider revealed earlier this week, the centre-back is one of seven senior players that have been told they can leave White Hart Lane in the final weeks of the summer window.
Italian website ForzaRoma claimed that three-time Serie A winners Roma were keen on signing Fazio.
Italian website Tutto Mercato Web now report that Spurs and Roma are continuing negotiations over a loan deal after the 29-year-old gave the green light to the move.
But the north London club are cautious about authorising the transfer after their centre-back Jan Vertonghen was ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks with an ankle injury sustained playing for Belgium at Euro 2016 earlier this month.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted on Friday that Vertonghen is facing an uphill battle to start the season for Spurs.
Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer will likely form a partnership in the heart of the Spurs defence in Vertonghen’s absence but the club lack senior cover in the position, and would be reliant upon unexperienced youth team players if Fazio is sent out on loan.
Fazio, who joined Tottenham from Spanish club Sevilla in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee of £8million, has two more years to run on his contract with the north Londoners.
The centre-back struggled for game time in his second season at Spurs and was loaned out to his former club Sevilla in the January transfer window.
But Fazio was also a bit-part player in Spain and played just four times in La Liga and only twice in the Europa League during his loan spell at Sevilla, and a move to Roma could reignite his faltering career.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Swansea are interested in a move for the club’s £7million attacker.