Spurs have been tracking the Valencia hit-man for some time, but their latest offer of £22.5m falls some way short of his buyout clause.
Although the Spaniards are in a state of financial turmoil, they are only willing to let their star man leave if a figure of £26m is put on the table – which would take the decision out of their hands.
If negotiations break down, Andre Villas-Boas will switch his attention to Dzeko, who faces an uncertain future at the Etihad Stadium.
The Bosnian has struggled for first-team football since his move to the club from Wolfsburg in 2011, and faces a battle with Sergio Aguero and new signing Alvaro Negredo for a starting berth under new chief Manuel Pellegrini.
AVB is hopeful that he can convince him to swap Manchester for London – despite Spurs’ lack of Champions League football – with the promise of regular game time.
The 27-year-old may be tempted, with a guaranteed spot in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup thought to be high on his list of priorities.
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