World Cup 2014: Five Group B transfer targets for Tottenham - Cardiff star features

Gary Medel Chile

The World Cup is not only football's biggest tournament, but it also serves as a shop window for players to impress onlooking clubs.

Spurs' season ended on a high with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa, but it wasn't enough to keep Tim Sherwood in charge at White Hart Lane, as the former England international's six month stint as manager was brought to an end last Tuesday.

Despite splashing out almost £100m on new players last summer, Tottenham are now expected to spend again in order to improve their squad, with most of last year's arrivals flattering to deceive. Some of those players are bound to be in World Cup action this summer, so here are five potential targets playing in Group B at the World Cup that could be on Spurs' radar this summer...

Bruno Martins Indi, Holland

Improving the defence has to be the priority for Spurs and whoever their new manager is. There are problems all across the back line and adding a versatile youngster like Martins Indi would go a long way to solving those problems - especially having targeted him just over a year ago. The 22-year-old has starred for Feyenoord this season at both left back and centre back, and that versatility will be vital to Holland's defence at the World Cup.

Stefan de Vrij, Holland

Another of Feyenoord's defenders who has impressed this season is centre back de Vrij. The 22-year-old has been key at the heart of Ronald Koeman's defence and Spurs are reportedly eyeing up a move for him - but so are other Premier League clubs. He will fight to start at the World Cup this summer but regardless, de Vrij has a bright future ahead of him and would solidify Tottenham's defence for years to come.

Daryl Janmaat, Holland

The third Feyenoord defender to make the cut is right back Janmaat, who has cemented his position as Holland's leading right back this season. Now set to feature at the World Cup, the 24-year-old has the opportunity to make himself a household name. Arsenal are also looking to bring him to North London, and Spurs could land themselves a bargain to compete with Kyle Walker.

Gary Medel, Chile

It seems Etienne Capoue and Sandro will leave Spurs this summer, whilst Paulinho could also be heading for the exit. This could lead them to look for another midfielder, and the tenacious Medel is set to jump ship after Cardiff City were relegated from the Premier League. A fiesty holding midfielder player with plenty of energy, the former Sevilla man would add more bite to the Tottenham midfield.

Mat Ryan, Australia

With Heurelho Gomes now a free agent and Brad Friedel now 43, Spurs must look to add another young stopper this summer and Club Brugge's Ryan was a recent target after impressive displays back in Australia. Now the starter for Ange Postecoglou's side, Ryan will be looking to impress this summer and Spurs may even be seeking a first choice goalkeeper if Hugo Lloris chooses to leave.

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