It was reported at the end of the 2009-2010 Premier League season that Harry Redknapp wanted to make one particularly special signing for Tottenham a—player that would be able to take the team and push them up another gear.
Harry Redknapp described this player similar to what Fernando Torres did for Liverpool—a "Marquee" player that will take Tottenham as far as they can in the Champions League and Premier League.
Diego Forlan has already been in the Premier League once before, with Manchester United. This wasn't the most successful time in his career, and he soon moved on to try and prove his talent hadn't deserted him. Now a number of years later, he has gone on to lead Atletico Madrid to win the inaugural Europa League trophy and looks to be a dark horse for the FIFA World Cup 2010 Golden Boot.
Many rumours have appeared in the last few months surrounding Joe Cole. He is out of contract at his current club Chelsea, and unless they choose to offer him another new contract soon, Cole could be on his way to another club.
Tottenham is thought to be one of the clubs leading the chase for the England winger.
Thought to have been in Tottenham's plans for quite a while now, rumours have even been circulating that there has already been a bid turned down. Pienaar played a key role in Everton's season last year and looks to be South Africa's most important player at the World Cup. With Jermaine Jenas looking likely to leave Tottenham, will this be the man to take his place?
Bellamy is reportedly not happy at Manchester City, and Harry Redknapp has long been an admirer of his. With the possibility of both Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane leaving Tottenham in the summer, someone will be needed to support Defoe and Crouch up front.
Luis Fabiano is possibly the player that most spurs fans would be delighted to sign. The Brazil number 9 has had a prolific season for Sevilla and Harry Redknapp appears to be keen on bringing him to White Hart Lane. Fabiano would provide another excellent choice for Tottenham in attack. Spurs may have to fork out quite a large sum to bring him in however.
Yet another striking option for Redknapp to consider.
Falcao is a Colombian striker who currently plays for FC Porto of Portugal. It is thought that Liverpool came close to signing him a few seasons ago, but missed out.
Now the lethal striker, who scored 29 goals in 36 appearances last season, has another chance to play in the Premier League.
Although many people may not have heard of this young winger, he has had a very strong season with Hamburg and looks set to play a role in Holland's World Cup. The Dutchman can also play as a striker, which will appeal to Harry Redknapp. It is expected that any offer made by Tottenham will be in the region of £12million.
Huntelaar will appeal to Tottenham due to his Champions League experience with both AC Milan and Real Madrid. Although not managing to hold down a starting place regularly for either team, he can provide key experience for Tottenham and will still provide competition in attack for both Defoe and Crouch.
Although not considered one of the favourites for Tottenham to sign this summer, Vucinic is another strong striker who could provide the club with much needed Champions League experience. The player has had a good few seasons for Roma and, like Eljero Elia, he can be deployed both on the wing and as a striker.
Iaquinta, like many other players on this list, has a lot of champions league experience—at 30 years old, he could prove a good mentor to some of the younger players coming through at White Hart Lane. Not much speculation has arisen about Iaquinta, but there is no reason Redknapp shouldn't make an offer.
The Manchester City right back has not quite fulfilled his potential yet that he showed as a youngster, but he is still a strong defender to have in any squad. Redknapp may be interested in Richards if Alan Hutton leaves White Hart Lane as expected. Tottenham already have a strong right back in Vedran Corluka, which means this may end up less of a "marquee" signing, and more of a "strengthening the squad" signing.
Arjen Robben was strongly linked to Tottenham last summer before he eventually signed for Bayern Munich. After an amazing season for Bayern, guiding them to the Champions League Final, Robben may be out of Tottenham's reach now, unless Harry Redknapp can work his transfer market magic on this wing wizard.
The two young English Aston Villa players have shown a lot of potential over the last few seasons, but have often struggled to always live up to it.
With Agbonlahor providing more attacking options, it might suit Tottenham to put in an offer now and try to maximize his potential. Meanwhile, Ashley Young could provide competition for Kranjcar down Tottenham's left side, which would free up Bale to play as an attacking full back instead of as a winger. With rumours flying around that Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas may go the other way, could this be a double swap deal between Aston Villa and Tottenham?