Tottenham Hotspur cool their interest in Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha

• Ivory Coast forward’s potential Africa Cup of Nations commitments a concern
• Palace intend to retain Zaha this summer despite Tottenham bid last summer

Tottenham Hotspur could shelve their long-standing interest in Wilfried Zaha as a result of the Crystal Palace forward’s decision to represent Ivory Coast, amid concerns over his potential regular participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zaha has enjoyed his most productive top-flight season yet, with six goals and nine assists so far, having signed a new long-term contract at Selhurst Park only last year. Palace, who are six points clear of the relegation zone with three games to play, have no desire to sell the 24-year-old and, once Premier League survival is achieved, intend to open talks over another deal to make him the highest paid player in the club’s history.

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