Federico Fazio has joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Federico Fazio is close to joining Roma from Tottenham in a loan-to-buy deal, according to a report.

Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that new talks have taken place between the two clubs about the transfer of Fazio.

It is said the negotiations have produced an agreement for the centre-back to move to the Serie A club on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy for £3.4million.

As Football Insider revealed last 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.

The report says Fazio, 29, has given the green light to the move and is ready to switch to Italy ahead of the start of the new season.

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His exit from White Hart Lane comes even though centre-back Jan Vertonghen was ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks with an ankle injury sustained playing for Belgium at Euro 2016 last 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 inexperienced youth team players if Fazio departs.

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.