Mauricio Pochettino remains keen on bringing the Crystal Palace winger to Spurs this summer, but chairman Daniel Levy is thought to be skeptical because of Zaha’s decision to play for Ivory Coast instead of England.
That choice means the 24-year-old will be required to travel to the African Cup of Nations every two years, something Levy believes to be a problem.
Crystal Palace want to make Zaha the club’s highest earner, offering him a new contract work around £110,000-a-week. It’s difficult to see Tottenham matching that amount.
If Spurs are to pay Zaha handsomely, it’s understandable why Levy doesn’t want the player to be absent for what could be a crucial four-week spell every two years.
Tottenham tried to sign Zaha last August but were unsuccessful, instead buying Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United for £30 million.
The squad would have been significantly stronger had Zaha joined, and Pochettino will now have to convince Levy why if he is to get his man this summer.