After missing out on Willian in acrimonious circumstances, the question is now where do Tottenham turn for an attacking player?
Some are calling for a playmaker type (perhaps Christian Eriksen or Javier Pastore) but there are suggestions Spurs will move for a more robust forward type of player, more of a direct replacement for Real Madrid-bound Gareth Bale.
With Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela set to sign this week, reports continue to suggest that Tottenham are far from finished spending this summer especially with the Bale deal expected to be completed on Tuesday.
The Sunday Telegraph, via Jason Burt, a journalist known to have decent contacts at Spurs, claims Andre Villas-Boas’ main target will be Zenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk.
Burt claims: “Hulk has long been admired by head coach Andre Villas-Boas, who worked with the 27-year-old forward at Porto, although any deal hinges on his current club, Zenit St Petersburg, lowering their demands. The Russians have been demanding closer to £40 million. In Tottenham’s favour is the fact that Hulk wants to reunite with Villas-Boas even though the club is not in the Champions League.”
Hulk, currently a Brazil national team regular undoubtedly has the physique for the Premier League and has arguably a better left foot than Bale.
Other options put forward by Burt include Miralem Pjanic (Roma would surely be unlikely to sell two important young players to Spurs) or CSKA Moscow’s Alan Dzagoev.
So late in the transfer window, who realistically can Spurs sign in the remaining nine days?