World Cup 2014: Five Group D transfer targets for Tottenham

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

Adam Lallana, England

With Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino the clear favourite to become the new Spurs manager, there has already been speculation that the Argentine would like to bring Saints star Lallana with him from the South Coast. The 26-year-old enjoyed a stunning season under Pochettino, securing his place in England's World Cup squad as a result - where he could be key to the success of Roy Hodgson's side.

James Milner, England

The likes of Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon all struggled to produce consistently effective performances out wide, which could cause Spurs to look elsewhere for wingers. One name recently mentioned is Manchester City's Milner, who has found it hard to nail down a place in Manuel Pellegrini's first team at the Etihad Stadium. With few opportunities at City, it's now likely that Milner will move on this summer.

Alessio Cerci, Italy

With technical director Franco Baldini in place, it would be no shock to see Spurs look to Serie A for talent again. After an impressive season with Torino, forward Cerci has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe and will now feature for Cesare Prandelli's Italy side at the World Cup. Adept as a creator or as a goalscorer, Cerci would provide an injection of quality to the Tottenham front line.

Fernando Muslera, Uruguay

Having failed to secure Champions League football for next season, Spurs could struggle to keep hold of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with big clubs circling for his signature. If the Frenchman does leave the club, Tottenham must bring in a high quality shot stopper in his place and Uruguay's Muslera has the chance to impress against England after an impressive season with Galatasaray.

Abel Hernandez, Uruguay

Tottenham had a £9m bid rejected for Hernandez in 2011, but the 23-year-old could cost even more now having starred for Palermo as they won promotion from Serie B. The injury to Luis Suarez could open up a spot alongside Edinson Cavani in the Uruguay attack, and Hernandez has the pace to offer something different to the Spurs attack after a disappointing return from £26m signing Roberto Soldado.

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