With the imminent departure of Gareth Bale and the snubbing of Chelsea bound Willian, Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move to reunite their head coach and the Brazilian ace, Hulk.
The 27-year-old who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury was viewed as an alternative option to Willian, and Spurs had been reported to offer up to £30million which was said to be under Zenit's £40million evaluation.
"He is recovering rapidly [from injury]," Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti is quoted by Goal.com. "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."
Hulk worked under Andre Villas-Boas at FC Porto, in a side that managed to win the treble and go undefeated in the 2010/11 season.
The Brazil international managed to net 23 league goals in 26 appearances which highlights the quality that Spurs may be losing out on.
The Tottenham head coach himself has also stated that a move for the striker may be 'impossible'.
"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.
"He may have options in the summer but to a club like Tottenham his transfer fee is also impossible."
However one thing that remains is Villas-Boas's admiration for the player. Despite a transfer looking distant at the moment, maybe Hulk will find himself in the Premier League in the not too distant future.
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