Pochettino faces uphill task to persuade Levy to spend big wages and fee on PL ace - report
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham’s move for Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha has been cast into doubt by the cost involved, according to a report.
The Daily Telegraph claim that Spurs would have to break their transfer record in order to sign the 24-year-old as Palace value him at over £30million and are ready to offer an improved contract worth £110,000-a-week.
It is understood that manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the midfielder, but his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast could be a stumbling block.
The report details that Pochettino must now convince chairman Daniel Levy to spend big on the wages and fee for Zaha, as he will be playing for Ivory Coast every two years during the middle of the season.
Levy is renowned for being a tough negotiator in the transfer window and it will take some strong persuasion from Pochettino to change his mind.
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Zaha has been on the transfer radar for Spurs and have been tipped with a move for him in the summer.
However, his decision to choose Ivory Coast over England for his international allegiance could now have a knock on effect on a potential move to Spurs.
The right winger has been in sensational form at Selhurst Park this season, scoring six goals and supplying 11 assists in return.
He has managed to carve out a strong career in the Premier League after failing to cut the grade at Manchester United as a youngster and Spurs boss Pochettino feels he could now make an impact at White Hart Lane.
The north London club are short of natural wide players in their squad and it could be an area they look to improve for next season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they are set to table an offer for a 26-year-old defender.