Chelsea & Spurs striker target 'not for sale'

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Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Brazilian striker Hulk.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, and was quoted last month admitting that he was aware of interest in his services.

Zenit St. Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti has dismissed the suggestion that one of his prized assets may leave the club however, insisting Hulk is simply not available in the transfer window.

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

Spalletti did admit that the former Porto star won't feature in his side's Champions League play-off second leg against Pacos de Ferreira this week though, with the forward yet to recover from an injury.

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

The transfer comments are likely to end the interest of English clubs, with Spurs now likely to take their striker chase elsewhere.

Andre Villas-Boas has already added Roberto Soldado to the Tottenham Hotspur ranks, but remains short of options in attack at White Hart Lane.

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor are the other senior strikers available to the manager in north London, and Hulk would have given the Spurs an extra dimension. However, a deal no longer appears to be on the cards.

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the player this summer, with The Daily Express reporting last month that manager Jose Mourinho was backed by owner Roman Abramovich to make a £40million move for the player.

An offer never materialised, and the Blues have since been linked with a move for England striker Wayne Rooney.

'The Special One' has three striking options at Stamford Bridge, but appears unsure over Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku or Demba Ba. That could leave the door open for another striker to join Chelsea, but it won't be Hulk if Spalletti has his way.

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