Hulk courts United interest

Brazilian wanted by 'big clubs in England'

Hulk: Attracting English interest

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Manchester United are believed to be lining up a £20million raid for Porto striker Hulk in a bid to strengthen their frontline.

It has been reported that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer of the powerful striker, who is also attracting interest from rivals Arsenal.

Hulk boasts an impressive scoring record for the Portuguese club since his arrival from Japanese side Tokyo Verdy in 2008, and the Brazilian has courted potential transfer interest with some fine performances in the UEFA Champions League.

The 23-year-old has four years remaining on his contract at Porto, which contains a clause that states he cannot be sold for less than £88m.

However, United are reported to be lining up a £20m swoop, a fee which should be enough to tempt Jesualdo Ferreira to part company with his prize asset.

Goalscoring burden

Wayne Rooney has been left with the goalscoring burden at Old Trafford following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer.

The striker has notched 14 times this season in the league, but his nearest support comes from the inconsistent Dimitar Berbatov, who has scored six goals.

The shortage left by Ronaldo has led Ferguson to look for reinforcements as his side search for a fourth consecutive Premier League title, and Hulk is said to be his preferred choice of transfer targets.

Hulk's agent, Teodoro Fonseca, told the News of the World: "The big clubs in England have been in contact.

"They have asked about his contract situation but any decision about his future rests mainly with the directors of Porto. I think we could be discussing a move.

"I am calm about the situation and so is the player because he has an excellent future. I think we could be discussing a move in April or May."