Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a wage blow in their pursuit of midfielder Lassana Diarra, according to reports.
The French international has been heavily linked with a move to England this summer, with Harry Redknapp favourite to bring the player to White Hart Lane in the transfer.
However, reports in Spain claim Diarra is not willing to take a notable pay cut to leave Real Madrid, despite falling down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Spurs' interest comes with the future looking bleak for Diarra in Spain, with the midfielder left out of the club's pre-season squad for the tour of America and not thought to be in the plans of Jose Mourinho.
Diarra has Barclays Premier League experience, having moved to Chelsea from Le Havre in 2005.
Two years later, Arsene Wenger brought the player to the Emirates on deadline day in August, although Diarra's spell with the Gunners would be short-lived.
The Frenchman allowed his compatriot to leave Arsenal after only five months, making just 13 appearances in all competitions for the north Londoners before his exit.
Arsenal sold the player to Portsmouth, where Diarra enjoyed a successful spell under Redknapp before moving to the Spanish capital for £20 million.
The Spurs boss remains hopeful a deal can be made between both parties for the 26-year-old though, although a fee is yet to be agreed by the two clubs.
With Wilson Palacios tipped to leave Tottenham Hotspur later this month, Diarra could be the ideal replacement for the Honduran international, although work still needs to be done before any deal is completed.
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