World Cup 2014: Five Group H transfer targets for Tottenham

Steven Defour Belgium

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

Yacine Brahimi, Algeria

With Sandro, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Mousa Dembele all linked with moves away from White Hart Lane this summer, and if one or even more of them do leave, then Pochettino may look to bring in another midfielder. One of the names recently linked with Spurs is Algerian star Brahimi, who has been putting in dazzling displays for La Liga side Granada since his move from Rennes.

Toby Alderweireld, Belgium

Linked with the club last year, former Ajax defender Alderweireld has found first team football hard to come by since his move to Atletico Madrid. Speculation now suggests that he could leave the club this summer, and having witnessed numerous defensive disasters, Pochettino must be on the lookout for another centre back - especially with Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson tipped to exit the club.

Steven Defour, Belgium

If Spurs miss out on the signing of Brahimi, or choose to look at other options, then Porto midfielder Defour could be on their radar. The former Standard Liege star has been on the fringes in Portugal, and looks set to leave the Estadio do Dragao this summer. The central midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and would join fellow Belgians Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and Dembele in North London.

Aleksandr Kokorin, Russia

Last summer's big name signing Roberto Soldado has struggled to recreate his Valencia form in England, meaning Pochettino has to look for another striker this summer. He may draw comparisons to Roman Pavlyuchenko if he becomes a Spurs target, but they should be looking at Dinamo Moscow's Kokorin. The 23-year-old has a great record in Russia and is tipped to star for Fabio Capello's side this summer.

Heung-Min Son, South Korea

A year ago, Spurs made enquiries over Hamburg forward Son, but he chose to sign for fellow Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. More impressive displays in Germany have made Son hot property, and with Spurs needing an injection of quality in the attacking third, he could be back on their radar this summer. The 21-year-old is the golden boy of South Korean football, and they will need him to be at his best to get out of the group.

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