Hulk has been linked with a move away from Zenit St Petersburg all summer, with Tottenham reportedly ready to make a bid for the Brazilian before the transfer window closes.
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Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti has insisted that striker Hulk isn’t for sale, with Tottenham interested in signing the Brazilian front-man, Goal.com reports.
Spurs see Hulk as an alternative to Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Willian, who has snubbed the North London club in favour of a move to Chelsea.
Reports suggest that Spurs could be ready to pay around £30 million for the versatile Brazilian but Spalletti insists that Zenit have no plans to sell Hulk, who is currently side-lined with a hamstring injury.
“He is recovering rapidly. But the exact date, we can not tell you. He has exceptional muscle mass, it is difficult to predict anything. Let’s wait for the forecast of our doctors. And again, Hulk is not for sale,” Spalletti told reporters.
Hulk has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Gareth Bale, who looks set to complete his move to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas worked with Hulk while he was manager at Porto and although he would like the opportunity to work the Brazilian again, the Portuguese coach feels that it would be impossible at Tottenham because of Hulk’s wage demands.
“He was my player and scored 36 goals in one season but it’s impossible he will make a move here because of the wages that he earns, which would break our balance,” said Villas-Boas in May.
“He may have options in the summer but to a club like Tottenham his transfer fee is also impossible.”