AVB wants reunion with Hulk at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is lining up a sensational summer move for Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk.
The Portuguese wants Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to back him in the transfer market this summer and bring the £32m forward to White Hart Lane, reports the Evening Standard.
Hulk, 26, has endured a torrid time since moving to Russia from Porto, netting just seven goals in 24 appearances and suffering racist abuse from Zenit’s fans.
The striker played under Villas-Boas at Porto in the club’s dramatic treble-winning season in 2010/11 and finished the campaign with a stunning 36 goals in just 53 matches.
Villas-Boas remains close to the forward, who can play as a central striker or on the wing, and even visited Hulk at the Brazilian squad’s hotel during last summer’s Olympic Games.
If Spurs can land the striker, it will be third time lucky for Villas-Boas, who tried to sign Hulk during his brief tenure at Chelsea and when he joined Tottenham last summer.
Hulk reportedly wanted to leave Zenit in January but was restricted by FIFA’s rules that state a player cannot represent more than two clubs in a season.
The powerful front-man is open to a move to England but much will depend on whether Spurs finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Zenit are expected to demand at least the £32m they paid Porto for Hulk, a fee that would double Spurs existing transfer record, the £16.5m paid for David Bentley.
Hulk, who can play as a central striker or inside forward, would be the ideal replacement for Spurs top scorer Gareth Bale, who has been linked with a dramatic move to Real Madrid.