World Cup 2014: Five Group C transfer targets for Tottenham - includes former Chelsea misfit

Lacina Traore

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 earlier this month.

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 C at the World Cup that could be on Spurs' radar this summer...

Jackson Martinez, Colombia

After watching £26m summer signing Roberto Soldado struggle to replicate his goalscoring feats with Valencia in the Premier League, Spurs may well be looking to add another striker this summer. If the new manager - whoever that is - has money to spend, then Porto hitman Martinez could well be on the radar. The 27-year-old has hit 60 goals in just two seasons in Portugal, and with Falcao struggling to be fit for the World Cup, Martinez could be Colombia's big hope in Brazil.

Salomon Kalou, Ivory Coast

Whilst he struggled to make a true impact during his spell with Chelsea, former Feyenoord winger Kalou has rebuilt his career during a spell in France with Lille, scoring 34 goals in 77 games for the Ligue 1 outfit. His performances away from Stamford Bridge have now attracted interest from Premier League clubs ahead of this summer's transfer window - and Spurs are believed to be his team of choice.

Lacina Traore, Ivory Coast

With few strikers currently on the books at White Hart Lane, it seems almost inevitable that another centre forward will be arriving at the club this summer. One of the recent suggestions has been to secure a loan deal for Monaco's Traore, who has recently been on loan at Everton. His spell there was ravaged by injuries, but he did flash goalscoring ability in the Toffees' FA Cup tie against Swansea City.

Kostas Manolas, Greece

One of the biggest problems for Tottenham this season was their leaky defence. Younes Kaboul is set to leave upon the expiration of his contract this summer, whilst there have been rumours that Jan Vertonghen could also depart. Whoever is appointed as the club's new manager will look to bring in another centre back, and Spurs were recently linked with a swoop to sign Olympiacos defender Kostas Manolas - who will feature for Greece this summer.

Yuto Nagatomo, Japan

It was a surprise last summer when Andre Villas-Boas chose not to bring a left back to White Hart Lane, leaving Vertonghen and Danny Rose to fill in. As a result, the agent of Inter Milan full back Nagatomo has admitted that Tottenham are interested in bringing the 27-year-old to North London this summer.

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