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

Hulk in a duel with Tanju Kayhan

Manchester City, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester United and West Ham United stars feature.

Tottenham are going to have their work cut out this summer to attract their top transfer targets if they don’t finish in the top four.

Spurs are a well run side and an attractive proposition for any top star but they will be hampered by not having Champions League football.

That hasn’t stopped the rumour mill spinning into overdrive, linking the club with signing some very good players.

We’ve taken a look and come up with a list of the top five.

1) Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) ran a report earlier this week that suggested Dzeko had been told he could leave Manchester City this summer. Tottenham, long term admirers of the Bosnian forward, have emerged as one of the favourites to sign him if they can offer the right sort of cash to buy out the final year of his contract.

2) Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg)

The Brazilian striker flew to London earlier this week for a photo shoot, which prompted mass speculation that he was also in the capital to talk to a London based club. Tottenham have a reported interest in the forward who could move away from Russian football this summer though it won’t be cheap for the club.

3) Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)

The Daily Star released a story which suggested, similarly to Dzeko, that Chicharito had been told he can leave Manchester United. Tottenham were immediately mentioned as a potential destination after Spurs’ reported interest in the Mexican last January.

4) James Milner (Manchester City)

The Daily Mail is the latest in a long line of sources connecting James Milner with White Hart Lane this week. Milner is an extremely experienced and versatile midfielder, who could do several jobs in the Tottenham midfield. He’s part of what the Mail says is a ‘buy British’ policy Sherwood wants to adopt.

5) Winston Reid (West Ham United)

The 25-year-old has been suggested as a potential defensive signing for Tottenham this summer. It could be difficult for the club to get the Hammers to do business with them because of the local rivalry but Reid is a versatile player who could cover a number of different positions for Tim Sherwood.

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