Spurs join race for Brazil ace

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen to bring Porto star Hulk to White Hart Lane, according to the Daily Mail.

The Brazil striker, who is currently in London with the Samba Boys' Olympic squad, has been courted by Chelsea for the last few weeks, but Spurs are also understood to be interested.

Villas-Boas managed Hulk during their time together at Porto, and the Portuguese coach wants to make the Brazil star his main signing this summer. The former-Chelsea boss is looking to steal a march on his old club and seal a deal for Hulk while the Brazilian is in the country, but any deal could be dependent on Spurs selling Luka Modric.

Hulk would most likely command wages around the £100,000-a-week mark, and with Emmanuel Adebayor also reportedly demanding a similar pay packet, Tottenham may have to sell Modric before they can buy.

The Croatian midfielder is reportedly valued at around £35million by the north London club, and Real Madrid are thought to be the frontrunners to secure his signature.

Spurs have already clinched deals for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen, and have been linked with Internacional striker Leandro Damiao and Fluminense pair Wellington Nem and Manuel Lanzini.

But Hulk is thought to be the main priority. The 25-year-old forward was expected to join Chelsea for £38million last month but an agreement between the two parties could not be reached.

According to reports, Spurs believe they can appeal to Hulk by offering the Brazil star regular first-team football. After beating Arsenal to the signing of Jan Vertonghen, Spurs will hope they can do likewise and seal a deal for Hulk before Chelsea.

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