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Tottenham target Hulk not for sale, says Zenit manager

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Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti has warned potential suitors that star-striker Hulk is not for sale. 

The Brazilian hot-shot has been linked with a variety of moves this summer, with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur both having been strongly linked with a move for the 27-year-old. 

But it is Andre Villas-Boas' Spurs that have been tracking the movements of the ex-Porto man most closely recently, having reportedly missed out on a move for Anzhi Makhachkala's Brazilian winger Willian.

The Brazilian ironically instead chose a £30m move to neighbours Chelsea, meaning that Villas-Boas needs to look elsewhere for attacking talent, with the transfer window nearing its end. 

Hulk has been in hot demand due to a string of impressive Confederations Cup performances earlier this summer, after his Brazil side lifted the pre-season tournament. 

But despite the interest, Zenit manager Spalletti has denied that the former Porto ace could be set to leave the Russian league side this summer. 

"Hulk is not for sale," he adamantly told A Bola. 

Rumours of a move to Spurs intensified last week after he sat out of Zenit's game against Dinamo Moscow, but Spalleti insisted that this was only because of injury.

"I still can't count with Hulk, he needs more time to recover," he added. 

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