Manchester City's chief scout Mike Rigg has admitted the Premier League club are keeping tabs on Porto striker Hulk.
The 24-year-old, who has won two caps for Brazil, has caught the eye since leaving Japan for Portugal in 2008 and has been in top form this season.
The former Tokyo Verdy forward has scored 13 goals in 13 league games, helping Porto become runaway leaders and fuelling speculation in Portugal that City are lining up a move in the winter transfer window.
And although Rigg admits City are monitoring Hulk, he does not expect them to swoop in January.
"No one will be able to sign him now so the news that came out here makes no sense," Rigg told Portuguese newspaper Record. "We know it is impossible and, as such, we will not even make any approach.
"I think it'd be hard in the summer too because we are not looking for strikers right now. The squad is filled with options for that position, but I do not want to sound definitive because several things can change in the meantime."
While City captain Carlos Tevez has withdrawn his recent transfer request and Mario Balotelli only signed last summer, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz could both leave in January or in the summer due to a lack of first-team opportunities.
That would open the door for a move for Hulk and Rigg believes the burly striker's style would suit English football.
"We are obviously watching him but he is not a player we can sign right now, that's for sure," Rigg added.
"He is a player with a huge impact and a profile which perfectly fits the football played in the Premier League. I have no doubts his future can be here [in England] and I admit it would be hard to play against him."