Prior to Emmanuel Adebayor’s resurgence, Tottenham Hotspur were in dire need of a new striker. And one whose name was linked more regularly than most was Hulk.
Much of that link was down to former Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, who managed the Brazilian during his time at FC Porto and of whom the striker reportedly said, “I am really happy Villas-Boas is making a mark in England, and it would be fantastic to play under him again one day.”
More recent reports claimed the Portuguese manager wanted Hulk last summer, along with Joao Moutinho and David Villa. But they never arrived and he has since departed.
So the Hulk deal is dead, right?
Well perhaps not; because with Jermain Defoe soon to leave White Hart Lane permanently, and with Roberto Soldado yet to find his scoring boots since his move from Spain, Tim Sherwood may be on the look-out for a new front-man next summer. And Hulk may be on the move.
Currently at Zenit St Petersburg, the 27-year-old has reportedly told the Russian side he wishes to leave at the end of the current campaign, while their interest in Benfica forward Rodrigo suggests they could be preparing for Hulk’s departure.
Given that they are said to have offered €30million for the Spaniard, they are clearly serious, even if the former Bolton-loanee is a little less keen according to the Portuguese press. But if Hulk really is serious about a move, then perhaps Tottenham should heed their former manager’s advice, even if he is no longer there to enjoy the outcome.
With Chelsea also tipped to bid for him, Spurs could get one over on a major domestic rival, and secure an excellent addition to a front-line that can only rely on Adebayor so much.
And just imagine what he could do with Christian Eriksen pulling the strings behind him.
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