Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela [Reuters]

Juventus have joined a host of clubs who are in the race to acquire the services of Erik Lamela from Tottenham Hotspur in January, according to the Daily Mirror.

Lamela is tipped to return to the Serie A temporarily as he has struggled to adapt to life in England. The report claims that the reigning Italian champions manager Antonio Conte is keen on signing Lamela on loan in the mid-season transfer window.

However, the Mirror claims the Turin club could face competition from league rivals for the winger's signature. Apart from Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan are keen to expand their attacking options in the upcoming transfer window.

The Argentinean international spent the last two seasons in Serie A with AS Roma. His performances for the Italian club helped him earn a move to the Spurs last summer. The north London side spent a club record-fee of £30m to acquire the winger's services.

Since making a move to England, the 21-year-old has not managed to live up to his price-tag. The Spurs had previously rebutted claims that Lamela would join Atletico Madrid on loan in January.

The left-footed winger has started in three Premier League matches and is yet to score a goal in the league. Lamela's only goal for the north London outfit this season came in the Europa League victory against Sheriff Tiraspol in November.

Lamela was handed a start in the 3-2 away victory against Southampton by recently appointed manager Tim Sherwood, but the Argentine failed to shine before being substituted early in the second half.

The Spurs are seventh in the table with 30 points after 17 matches. Sherwood will hope to guide his team further up the table as they face West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City before the year ends and begin 2014 with a clash against Manchester United.

The Spurs's performance under former manager Andre Villas-Boas was not acceptable to club chairman Daniel Levy and the Portuguese got the boot after suffering a 5-0 mauling at home against Liverpool.

Following AVB's dismissal, reports surfaced that the Argentine winger was not a target for the 36-year-old manager and a move was sanctioned against his will by the Spurs hierarchy.