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 in May, with Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino chosen as the man to replace him.
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 F at the World Cup that could be on Spurs' radar this summer...
Lucas Biglia, Argentina
The former Anderlecht man has long been linked with a move to England, but chose to sign for Lazio last summer instead. Spurs have been tipped to make a bid for the Argentine international before, and if Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho or Moussa Dembele move on this summer then Pochettino could make a move for his compatriot.
Sead Kolasinac, Bosnia
When Spurs splashed the cash last summer, it was a huge surprise to seem allow Benoit Assou-Ekotto to leave the club despite not bringing in a left back. They were then left short at the position at times throughout the season, and with help also needed in the centre of defence, they could make a move for Schalke's Kolasinac – who can play both positions.
Izet Hajrovic, Bosnia
The former Grasshoper Zurich winger was targeted by Spurs in January before he made a move to Galatasaray. Hajrovic, who loves to cut inside on his left foot and take long range shots, is likely to be an impact substitute for Bosnia at the World Cup, but has the ability to rekindle Spurs' interest in him – particularly if they allow Erik Lamela to leave the club.
Ogenyi Onazi, Nigeria
As mentioned earlier, Tottenham may lose at least one of Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho or Moussa Dembele, leaving Pochettino to look at other options. A recent rumoured transfer target is another Lazio star in youngster Onazi. The 21-year-old is emerging in Italy with a number of impressive displays, and should feature alongside John Obi Mikel in the Nigeria midfield.
Emmanuel Emenike, Nigeria
Having seen last summer's big summer signing Roberto Soldado struggle in his debut Premier League season, Spurs could well be in the market for another striker. After hitting 12 goals in 28 games for Fenerbahce, 27-year-old hitman Emenike has attracted interest from Tottenham and is set to be the focal point of Nigeria's attack this summer.