AS Roma are considering a move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba as the Serie A club prepare for life without Pablo Osvaldo and Tottenham Hotspur target Erik Lamela.
Ba, a £7m signing in the January transfer window, is likely to be deprived of first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge this season with Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku ahead of him in the pecking order and with Jose Mourinho still harbouring desires to bring Wayne Rooney to the club.
French newspaper L'Equipe suggest Roma are willing to offer Senegal international Ba an exit route from west London as the Serie A club seek to strengthen their own attacking options having already lost their leading scorer from last season to the Premier League.
The Italian outfit have already allowed Pablo Osvaldo to join Southampton, where the Italian international became the Saints' record signing at approximately £15m.
But Roma may be preparing to lose another integral member of last season's attacking contingent in Argentine Lamela, who has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane this week.
Spurs are reportedly working to bring both Lamela and Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian to the club to fill the void created by the potential loss of Gareth Bale, who continues to be linked with a world record move to Real Madrid.
Yesterday reports emerged from the Italian press suggesting Lamela's representatives had travelled to London to meet with Tottenham's technical director Franco Baldini to discuss a move.
While such claims were denied by Lamela's agent Pablo Sabbag, he could not rule out a deal being struck before the closure of the transfer window in just under two weeks' time, stating his client was "waiting for developments."
Lamela operated alongside Francesco Totti and Osvaldo in a front three for Roma last season, finishing as the club's second top scorer behind the Southampton man with 15 goals. Roma have already brought former Arsenal forward Gervinho to the Stadio Olimpico where he has been reunited with his former Lille manager Rudi Garcia to strengthen their front line.
Ba could join the former Gunner in the Italian capital, after Roma have reportedly identified the Chelsea forward as a cost effective solution to their thin attack.
Despite still finishing the 2012/13 season as Newcastle United's leading Premier League scorer, Ba failed to have a sustained impact at Chelsea following his January move. The former West Ham man struck just six goals in the second half of last season, only two of which came in his Premier League outings.