Zenit St. Petersburg's Hulk.
Andre Villas-Boas has been sporadically linked with his former Porto players, almost since he first left the Portuguese giants in 2011. Back then, heading for Chelsea, Falcao was said to be on the young manager's wish list (as reported by the Daily Mail).
Fredy Guarin, now at Internazionale, was linked with Tottenham last month before the player's agent dismissed any speculation (via SkySports.com).
This past week, the London Evening Standard's Simon Johnson wrote that Villas-Boas was now in for Hulk—potentially as a replacement for Gareth Bale if the Welshman is sold.
Villas-Boas though, has seemingly dashed any notion of a move for Zenit St. Petersburg's expensively acquired attacker (according to quotes carried on ESPN.co.uk).
The Tottenham boss stated any deal for Hulk would be impossible because of the fee he would cost and "because of the wages that he earns, which would break our balance".
It was an interesting admission from Villas-Boas.
Spurs have maintained a frugal wage structure in comparison with rivals at the top of the Premier League. Neither have they gone overboard on spending on transfer fees.
Yet, even if Spurs do qualify for next season's Champions League (and its extra cash), is this the first acknowledgement the club will not be willing to spend above their self-imposed limits?
Investment is undoubtedly needed to improve the club's squad—though few around Tottenham have been advocating wholesale changes. Spurs have shown they are willing to spend to acquire certain targets (in past years, Mousa Dembele and Luka Modric have each cost somewhere between £15-20 million).
If not Hulk, who will be those players?