Top 10 things you need to know about Spurs target Hulk plus watch him in action
But who is Hulk (and don't start with all that Bruce Banner/gamma rays stuff)? Allow MirrorFootball to enlighten you with our 10 point need-to-know guide.
1) Sadly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, Hulk is not his real name. His full name is the slightly less snappy Givanildo Vieira de Souza, and he was born in the Brazilian city Campina Grande in 1986.
2) He got his nickname because of his striking resemblance to Lou Ferrigno, the American actor who portrayed the Incredible Hulk in the 1970s TV series, and he registered with UEFA under his new moniker in 2008 when he joined Porto after a spell in Japan with Tokyo Verdy - who play in green.
3) He is 5ft 11in tall and is a powerful and pacy striker with a good touch and shot. Former Porto great (and Bolton fatty) Mario Jardel describes him as "very strong with an incredible work-rate," while one-time Porto team-mate Bruno Alves said: "Hulk is a player with great ability. He's strong and has very high technical quality. He has a fabulous left foot. He's very well prepared, he's at training every day, he works very well and is very direct. Hulk has what it takes to play at the greatest level."
And all those attributes help him do stuff like this...
4) If Hulk does sign for either Manchester City or Tottenham, he won't have had the most direct route to the Premier League. He began his career with Brazilian club Esporte Clube Vitória but he struggled to make an impact there so left to find his fortune in Japan when he was 19. After spells with Kawasaki Frontale, Consadole Sapporo and Verdy (they of the Hulk-like green strip), he finally got his big-time move to Europe in 2008 when he signed for Porto. Here is a vid of some of his exploits in the Far East.
5) A solid first season in Portugal saw Hulk claim a place in the first team and he soon came to the attention of the rest of Europe with his all-action displays in the Champions League. A Porto insider enthused about him when he was first making his way with the club: "Hulk is incredible, physically. He is so broad and he looks as if he can score every time he comes on," he said.
6) All was going well for Hulk until he got involved in a tunnel brawl and hit a steward after a 1-0 defeat to Benfica, which you can see in this clip (the action doesn't really get going until the 4min 18sec mark). Well, he told you not to make him angry...
The Portuguese Football Federation took rather a dim view of Hulk's antics and initially banned him from domestic competition for four months, or for 17 games. His ban was eventually reduced to just three games, but not before he had already sat out 14 matches, causing an almighty row between Porto and the PFF which resulted in the resignation of league president Herminio Loureiro.
7) Hulk made his international debut for Brazil against England in November 2009. He came on in the second half of the match in Doha, Qatar, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for Fabio Capello's boys. He has already played in England as well, having been part o the Porto side thumped Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League at The Emirates in 2010. Before the match Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said of the striker: “Hulk is a powerful boy and I know he has been suspended in the Portuguese League for six months. But he has tremendous pace and power so we will want to keep him quiet.” Wenger's complimentary words prompted a wave of rumours that the Frenchman was about to try and sign him, but no move ever materialised.
8) Former Brazil coach Dunga declared that Hulk can surpass Ronaldo's goal scoring record for the national team. "Ronaldo was a player like no other, but his (Hulk) place in the national squad is still there," he said. "Therefore, Hulk can become his successor. He is not alone in that race, there are several players who can get there, but he has the necessary quality to impose himself in that fight." Legend Ronaldo scored an astonishing 62 goals in just 97 games for the national side. Hulk has no goals in three appearances. Some catching up to do, then!
9) Hulk signed a lucrative new deal in May and pledged his future to the Europa League and Portuguese champions. He said: "I've renewed my contract until 2016 and I'm right in Porto. I am very happy. We showed what we can do. He also dismissed reports in the media about his 'dream' to play for AC Milan. "I never said that I dream to play for another club," he said.
But, in the wake of Andre Villas-Boas resignation, he has now contemplated doing a U-turn. Speaking while on holiday in Brazil, he said: "Before I came on holiday I extended my contract with Porto by two years. But if there is a good opportunity for me and for the club, a transfer could take place. I have no choice about which league I'd like to play. Right now I'm in Portugal and already with a big club, a transfer could take place. I have no choice about which league I'd like to play. But if I go to Spain, Italy, England or Germany I would be happy too."
10) Hulk finished the 2010/2011 season as top goalscorer in Portugal's top division, with 23 goals in 26 league games, making him one of the most prolific goal-getters in Europe. His strike partner Falcao also hit his fair share. The Colombian set a new record for goals scored in the Europa League, with a haul of 17 surpassing Jurgen Klinsmann's 15 for Bayern Munich 1set during the 1995/1996 campaign.