AVB keen to sign Porto’s hitman Hulk
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas
The Brazilian arrived in London on Tuesday night as part of the Olympic team contingent who are due to face Great Britain on Friday.
Villas-Boas, who coached the player during his tenure at Porto, wants him to be his marquee signing at White Hart Lane and has been given the go-ahead to initiate talks.
The powerful 25-year-old was widely expected to join Chelsea this summer with Porto holding out for £38million but Tottenham hope to convince him with the prospect of more regular first team football and negotiate a drop in the fee with Porto.
Hulk wants wages of around £100,000 a week but Tottenham have had to broker a similar pay deal for Emmanuel Adebayor. Manchester City and Chelsea will monitor developments though.
Tottenham maintain an interest in Internacional's Leandro Damiao and are due to watch Fluminense midfielder Wellington Nem and teammate Manuel Lanzini this week.
Meanwhile, new signing Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham can push for the Premier League title this season.
The north Londoners were amongst the chasing pack last term before a loss of form towards the end of the campaign saw them finish fourth.
'I am delighted to be here,' Veronghen told Spurs TV. 'Over the last years Spurs have become a very big club in England.
'They finished in the top four a few times and for me it was one of the best clubs in the Premier League and that is one of the reasons I wanted to come here.
'There is a lot of quality and I think everybody wants to make a good season. 'Last year in the first six or seven months, they were up there for the title, the championship.
'After that it was not that well, but this year I think we will compete a few more months longer.'