With Gareth Bale sunning himself in Marbella as Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid iron out the final details of his impending transfer, Spurs are looking to replace him with Brazil international Hulk.
The Bale deal is reported to be worth around £86million to Spurs depending on Madrid”s method of payment and the club chairman Daniel Levy is already looking at options to use the world record fee to replace the Welshman.
Deals for Roma”s 21 year old Argentine forward Erik Lamela and Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches are in late stage nehotiations and likely to be tied up before Bale”s departure is announced this week but Andre Villas-Boas is also keen on reuniting with his Porto player Hulk if Spurs can strike a deal with Zenit St Petersburg.
The 27 year old who won the Europa League with Villas-Boas in 2011 only joined up with the Russian side in September of last year but has endured a patchy relationship with the club, asking for a transfer in January and falling out with teammates who view his wages as being excessive.
Zenit though would have to lower their asking price of €36million which is similar to the fee they paid Porto for him if the deal is to reacha conclusion.
Spurs have already broken online casino their transfer record twice this summer with the £17million capture of Paulinho and £26million signing of Roberto Soldado and may do so once again to secure Lamela who Roma value at around £26million.
Hulk is said to be happy to leave a Champions League club to play under Villas-Boas again with the manager keen to secure another wide forward after missing out on Willian to Chelsea after the player did a controversial u-turn to sign with the Blues after agreeing terms with Spurs.
With Emmanuel Adebayor being offered around clubs at present Spurs are desperate to bring in another striker and the Portugese manager values players who can play in a range of positions which is true of Hulk, who can play as a wide forward or if needed at the centre of a three man attack.
Hulk would be the third Brazilian in Tottenham”s squad alongside Paulinho and Sandro and if the North Londoners were to land the player along with their other targets it will push Adebayor, and one of Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon towards the exit thought Villas-Boas is not desperate to rid the squad of either of the England internationals.