The Portuguese manager is in the transfer market for a top quality attacker this summer to bolster his current strike-force consisting of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Villas-Boas has previously built up a strong working relationship with the Brazilian hitman at his previous club Porto whom he lead to win the Europa League title in 2011 before his unfruitful move to Chelsea the following season.
Villas-Boas’ Porto side consisted of the likes of Joao Moutinho, Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, and Hulk and it has been reported to be a priority of the Spurs boss to bring in his preferred personnel from that European title-winning side with so much promise.
Moutinho has been a target for Tottenham for well over a year and it was hoped that Villas-Boas could tempt him to North London for a reunion this summer.
However, super-rich Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco have hijacked any deal for the midfielder along with Colombian starlet James Rodriguez who had been a target of Manchester United.
Meanwhile, the future of Falcao is likely to lie away from Atletico Madrid but Spurs are unlikely to find the resources to rival huge bids from the likes of Monaco, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City who are all linked with interest in the Colombian hitman.
Tottenham and Villas-Boas could, however, console themselves with a move for Hulk, despite his recent move to Russia. Hulk left Porto a season after Villas-Boas in search of pastures new. Zenit paid a hefty €40 million for him just a year ago with some reports claiming the fee was closer to €60 million.
In his season at Zenit the 26-year-old frontman managed a tally of 13 goals and 9 assists over 33 appearances in all competitions. Whilst that isn’t a bad return for his debut season in Russia, it pales in comparison to his previous record at Porto under Villas-Boas in 2010/11 – he scored an incredible 36 goals in all competitions and made 26 assists.
That is the kind of form expected of a player costing more than €40 million and subsequently speculation over his future has started to emerge in Russia, leading to his agent Teodoro Fonseca to respond to questions raised over a potential reunion with Villas-Boas.
“There are two great teams of the Premier League to have made their interest known,” Fonseca stated.
“It is normal that such news would arise because it was with Andre Villas-Boas and Porto where Hulk had his best time.”
If Tottenham are serious about challenging for access to the Champions League next term they must make a serious offer for a world-class striker of superhero proportions – in Hulk they may find the key to establishing themselves as a regular fixture of the Premier League’s top four for many years to come.
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