Spurs managerial candidate could help land Chelsea target

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Luciano Spalletti is among the front-runners to replace Tim Sherwood next season, in a move that could give Tottenham Hotspur the edge in the race to sign striker Hulk.

The Daily Express cite reports in Russia when claiming that the former Zenit St Petersburg chief has made contact with Franco Baldini, technical director at Spurs, to declare his interest in the position.

It's not a certainty that the managerial position will be available in the summer, although Sherwood appears unlikely to take Tottenham Hotspur into the top four following a north London derby defeat at the weekend.

FIFA agent Shandor Varga was happy to talk up the possibility of Spalletti arriving at White Hart Lane at least, admitting he wouldn't be surprised if the former Roma chief arrived at Spurs.

"Spalletti is an experienced coach who is very highly-regarded in the transfer market. Over the summer many big clubs wanted Spalletti to join them," Varga told Izvestia.

"A move to England? Why not? Working at Zenit, Spalletti has proved he can calmly adapt to another country and achieve results.

"I would not be at all surprised if Luciano ends up managing Tottenham Hotspur. He knows how to work with stars, which is very important for the London club's president Daniel Levy."

And, the report goes on to claim that the arrival of Spalletti could hold the key to landing Brazilian forward Hulk ahead of their rivals - most notably Chelsea.

The 27-year-old continues to impress in Russia, and the Blues appear to be in the market for a striker despite having Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba on the books - as well as Romelu Lukaku away from Stamford Bridge on loan.

Hulk would offer Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho a more direct route to goal, and also join a number of compatriots in west London - including David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar.

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