Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly ended their interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
The London Evening Standard claim Spurs have balked at the Eagles’ £100 million asking price for the Ivory Coast international.
It is the second year in a row Spurs have walked away from a potential transfer for the forward – last summer the club refused to entertain negotiations after a £70 million price tag was slapped on him.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is apparently ready to back Mauricio Pochettino this summer after two consecutive windows of stagnation, but a move for Zaha is now out of the question.
That means Tottenham will have to look elsewhere to strengthen in the wide areas – and they should certainly think about reigniting their former interest in Ajax star David Neres.
The Brazilian is hot property after a superb season with the Dutch giants.
Neres was involved in 27 goals for the club across all competitions (12 goals, 15 assists) and has wowed with his electric pace and dribbling.
Spurs were linked with Neres in January 2018 by Goal Brasil, and have been mentioned alongside the likes of Everton, Arsenal and Liverpool in the run up to this summer’s transfer window.
With Zaha seemingly no longer a possibility, Neres – who has been reported to be learning English (UOL Esporte) – could be an ideal alternative at potentially half the price.
Pochettino has seen him up close in the Champions League, and certainly appears ready to make the jump to the Premier League.