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 G at the World Cup that could be on Spurs' radar this summer...
Benedikt Howedes, Germany
With Younes Kaboul set to leave and Michael Dawson potentially following him out of the exit door, Spurs have to find a centre back to partner Jan Vertonghen in the centre of the defence. A legitimate yet expensive option would be Schalke's Howedes, as the 26-year-old has been starring in the Bundesliga for many years. With question marks in Germany's defence, Howedes could yet play a key role for Joachim Loew's side.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Ghana
Spurs may be well stocked in midfield right now, but Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Mousa Dembele have all been linked with moves away this summer. If even one does leave then Pochettino may look to bring in a new midfielder, and Udinese's Agyemang-Badu should be on his shortlist. Spurs are reportedly watching the 23-year-old, and his energy in midfield would be a welcome boost to Tottenham.
Rafa Silva, Portugal
When it became apparent that Adam Lallana was a target for the Premier League's big boys, speculation suggested that Pochettino had lined up Rafa Silva as his replacement at Southampton. The Braga winger has a growing reputation, and the 21-year-old could play an important role for Portugal as an impact substitute at the World Cup. Should he impress, Pochettino could revive his interest in the young winger.
Michael Bradley, United States
Tottenham's midfield situation is fairly fluid as aforementioned, and if there are exits then Toronto's Bradley figures to be a target. The 26-year-old made the shock switch to the MLS side in January after leaving Roma, but he's expected to be a key player for the United States with Landon Donovan omitted. An energetic midfielder, Bradley should impress - will it be enough to earn a move back to Europe?
Julian Green, United States
One of the more recent links Spurs have had is to young Bayern Munich winger Green. The 19-year-old has yet to feature for Bayern's first team but has impressed in their 'B' side, and having change his nationality to American from German, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to take Green as his wildcard selection. It may be a bit of a gamble for Spurs to sign him, but if he can impress at the World Cup then Pochettino may firm up his interest.