Andre Villas-Boas has poured cold water over rumours that he will make a play for Zenit St Petersberg striker Hulk in the summer, as the Brazilian continues to struggle in Russia.
Hulk made a massive £50 million move from FC Porto last summer, rebuffing interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to take a sky-high wage at Zenit.
But the last season has been fraught with problems for the 26 year old, who has endured racist abuse from fans, fought with coach Luciano Spalletti and failed to replicate the form that made him such an in-demand striker at Porto.
Villas-Boas was believed to be chasing Hulk while at Chelsea, and reports have also claimed he would love to bring the star to Tottenham, but the manager insists such a deal is outside Spurs' reach.
"He was my player [at Porto] and scored 36 goals in one season but it's impossible he will make a move here because of the wages that he earns," Villas-Boas told the Guardian.
"He may have options in the summer but to a club like Tottenham his transfer fee is also impossible."
Hulk attempted to engineer a move away from Zenit in January, but under FIFA regulations the hitman will have to wait until the summer as he has already played for a maximum of two clubs in the 2012-13 season.
The Brazil international has admitted to liking the idea of a move to the Premier League, however Zenit would be looking to recoup as much of the £50m transfer fee as possible if they do sell him.
"My future? I love the Premier League," he explained.
"The Premier League is a great competition with great clubs. If I have time, I watch the matches on television."
With Tottenham out of the race to sign him, Chelsea could be back in again, as Fernando Torres continues to fail to make an impact for the Blues and the club look to challenge for the title once more.