Andre Villas-Boas broke the bank on several occasions over the summer to sign the likes of Roberto Soldado, but the former Valencia man’s inability to frequently find the net has triggered Tottenham’s gaffer to plan a bid for Brazilian sensation Hulk.
The Zenit St Petersburg forward, who hasn’t settled in Russia since his surprise move from Porto, would cost big-spending Spurs a reported £30m.
Hulk made his name playing for Villas-Boas at Porto, scoring 36 goals in 51 matches.
Tasked with leading the line for the Portuguese giants, the front man revelled under the watch of the current Spurs boss as they blasted past everything in their wake on route to a domestic double and a famous Europa League success.
Murmurings of Hulk being reunited with his mentor last summer were more than just paper talk with an honest Villas-Boas admitting he was interested in taking his former pupil to White Hart Lane but decided to progress with the £26m purchase of Soldado.
Hulk has openly spoken of his desire to link up with Villas-Boas again.
In a tactic which stinks of a come and get me ploy, the Brazil international has been speaking to the press about how he craves a reunion with his former boss.
Hulk said: “He is very intelligent tactically. He was almost so well informed about the opponents that we pretty much knew everything about them when we went out on to the pitch.
“I am really happy Villas-Boas is making a mark in England, and it would be fantastic to play under him again one day.”
The Spurs head honcho wants to add more firepower in January to his limp strike force.
Despite a solid start to the campaign, taking 20 points from their opening 10 games, Tottenham have lacked a cutting edge in the forward line, scoring just nine goals in those 10 matches, making them the joint-fifth lowest goal-getters in the division.
With the demanding Spurs board expecting Champions League qualification after splashing over £100m in the last transfer window on the likes of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksson, they would have expected a bit more from striker Soldado, who has only scored one from open play.