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Spurs baulk at £100m asking price for Zaha

Tottenham have ended their interest in signing Wilfried Zaha after baulking at Crystal Palace’s £100m valuation.

Mauricio Pochettino had been interested in a summer move for Zaha, with Spurs set to back the Argentine following two transfer-windows without new additions at the club.

Zaha, who has informed Palace of his desire to leave to play Champions League football, had been a long-term target for the North London side as they seek to bolster their attacking options.

Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal have also been reported to have expressed an interest in the 26-year-old, however according to the Evening Standard, Spurs have ended their pursuit following Palace’s staggering £100m asking price.

The position of Roy Hodgson’s side is strengthened by the length of Zaha’s contract, with the Ivory Coast international having only signed a club-record five-year deal last summer, after being denied a move away from Selhurst Park.

Tottenham were unwilling to pay the £70m demanded for his signature last season and are not prepared to pay significantly more than that fee this summer.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will now turn their attentions to alternative targets, as they seek to build a side capable of challenging for the Premier League next season.

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