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Spurs chairman apologizes to Marseille over Lamela loan collapse

You don't see this happen every day.

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In an uncharacteristic turn, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has apologized to his cohorts at Olympique Marseille following the collapse of the transfer of Erik Lamela. According to La Provence, Levy pulled out due to being unable to complete a deal for Saido Berahino prior to selling Lamela. It's believed that if Lamela had been sold or loaned, then the price for Berahino would have skyrocketed.

Last night, it was believed that manager Mauricio Pochettino was the one who blocked the deal or perhaps it was l'OM's fault because they had too many players on loan. Now, it appears that we have the fact that the transfer window doesn't close at the same time in England and on the continent to blame.

It's too late now for Lamela to go anywhere on the continent until January. So, unless a Premier League club come in for him today, Lamela is a Tottenham player for the near future. On the one hand this is good because it gives Lamela yet another chance to come good. On the other hand, it gives us another four or five months to watch Lamela flounder.