The top five players linked with signing for Tottenham Hotspur this week: Hernandez, Mirallas and more

Manchester United, Everton, Lokomotiv Moscow, Parma and Anderlecht stars all feature.

Tottenham Hotspur’s ability to land some of their main summer transfer targets could depend on where they finish in the Premier League.

Spurs are well in the hunt for a top four place, which would mean Champions League football but they need to have a perfect run of form between now and the end of the season, with their rivals making mistakes.

Tottenham have been linked with several players this week, we’ve picked out the top five.

1) Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)

The Mexican striker has found starts hard to come by under David Moyes so far this season.

He has a great eye for goal and would be a sensible addition to the squad but he may be tempted to hang on at Old Trafford to see if former Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie jumps ship, which could mean more opportunities.

“I'm very eager to play as my club don't take me much into account,” the striker has been quoted.

2) Kevin Mirallas (Everton)

The Belgian was linked with Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week by the Metro daily newspaper.

He has everything that Sherwood will be looking for in an attacking addition; pace, versatility and the intelligence to bring other midfielders into a game.

The fee which has been mentioned is £12 million which Spurs can afford though it’s doubtful whether Everton will let him go.

3) Lassana Diarra (Lokomotiv Moscow)

The former Real Madrid man was tipped for a move back to English football with Tottenham.

The reason is because the 28-year-old has been struggling to nail down a regular starting role for himself at the Russian club but Spurs are well stocked in midfield at the moment.

4) Gabriel Paletta (Parma)

Injuries this season have shown that Tim Sherwood’s squad is a little thin in terms of injuries and the name of the 28-year-old has popped up in the Daily Star.

However, whether another centre back is what Spurs need is doubtful because with everyone available Sherwood could choose from Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul to play in the middle of the defence.

5) Ismail Azzaoui (Anderlecht)

Tottenham are apparently at the front of the queue to sign this talented 16-year-old after he turned down the chance to sign a professional contract in Belgium.

He’s primarily a wide man who can play down either side of the midfield and Anderlecht’s head of development, Jean Kindermans, confirmed Tottenham’s interest earlier this week.

When players become 16 we offer them a development plan and later a financial plan. We aren't going to change our way of working. We've heard Spurs are interested in Azzaoui and it's the player's right to make a choice,” he said.

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