A Cameroon legend features alongside Belgium’s Champions League finalist defender and Bayern Munich’s young American in this Spurs themed countdown.
The World Cup may only be a few days away but for Tottenham fans, the festivities in Brazil offer up a unique opportunity to see several of the big name transfer targets being linked with a move to White Hart Lane.
From Bayern Munich bright spark Julian Green through to Napoli’s Swiss battler Blarim Dzemaili, we look at five of the big names currently in line for a switch to north London.
Toby Alderweireld – Atletico Madrid & Belgium
Previously on the books at Ajax, where he impressed as both a central defender and right-back, the 25-year-old Antwerp-born player moved to La Liga back in August 2013 for £6,160,000.
However Alderweireld has struggled for form and fitness with Atleti , playing just 21 games in all competitions for the Spanish club in his debut season.
He remains a big part of Belgium’s plans for the World Cup, however, and has already been identified as a potential Tottenham target, with the Lilywhites eager to invest in younger, more mobile defensive options after a season in which the north London club suffered maulings at the hands of many of their Premier League rivals.
Julian Green – Bayern Munich & USA
A surprise inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad, with the 19-year-old taking World Cup veteran Landon Donovan’s place in the final 23, Green comes highly recommended despite only featuring flittingly for Bayern under Pep Guardiola this term.
That hasn’t stopped Spurs from being linked to a move for the midfielder though, with Mauricio Pochettino thought to be keen on adding the winger to his squad in a move that could pave the way for Aaron Lennon’s departure, following several underwhelming seasons at the club.
Tottenham may have to move fast for Green though, with any impressive showings for the US likely to alert other European clubs to his potential.
Samuel Eto’o – Unattached & Cameroon
Something of a shock transfer target, recent days have seen Eto’o emerge as one potentially low-cost addition to the White Hart Lane playing staff, though the former Barcelona and Inter Milan man is likely to command substantial wages.
Available on a free and eager to show his former boss at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, what he's missing out on, Eto’o could prove the ideal acquisition for a Tottenham team looking to provide current first-choice forward Emmanuel Adebayor with more competition.
The 33-year-old will need to impress for Cameroon at the World Cup though, where he will be desperate to shake-off the old man image perpetuated by the Special One. The only potential stumbling block is a lack of Champions League football.
Daryl Janmaat – Feyenoord & Holland
The 24-year-old is the latest Eredivisie youngster to be linked with a move to the Premier League, though this rumour may have some substance given that reports indicate that Tottenham have already made contact with Feyenoord over a deal.
With the likes of Manchester United and Napoli thought to be keen on recruiting the right-back, Spurs will know that an impressive showing in Brazil could see them priced out of a move for the player, which goes some way to understanding their eagerness to complete a deal now.
On the flip side, Tottenham could be left facing something of a gamble if they opt to bring Janmaat in off the back of poor performances at the World Cup
Blerim Dzemaili – Napoli & Switzerland
Expected to start for Switzerland against Ecuador in their opener, Dzemaili could be set for a second stint in the Premier League, having failed to make the grade at Bolton earlier in his career.
The midfielder is regarded as the ideal replacement for the potentially outgoing Sandro and, in truth, the Swiss star is perhaps the more accomplished of the two players, offering a greater level of versatility as well as fitness that could prove useful under Pochettino next term.
Dzemaili also boasts Champions League experience and will be eager to continue his fine form for Switzerland this summer, with the national team well-positioned to progress to the knockout stages in Brazil.