Zenit swoop for Hulk

Russian giants sign sought-after forward for undisclosed fee

Hulk: Has left Porto for Russian giants Zenit

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Zenit St Petersburg have signed highly-rated Brazilian forward Hulk from FC Porto on a five-year contract.

Hulk is believed to be a long-time target of Chelsea but the Russian giants have ended speculation linking him with a Stamford Bridge move after confirming their swoop for the forward on their official website on Monday evening.

The club did not disclose the transfer fee but reports claim they have parted with €60m (£47.5m) to secure the frontman.

The 26-year-old made a huge impact at Porto after joining from Tokyo Verdy in 2008.

But the Brazil international had long been linked with a new challenge, with his agent admitting earlier in the summer that the "time was right" for the player to move on.

Last week, Porto president Pinto da Costa revealed he had turned down an offer worth €50m from Zenit for the powerful forward, but a deal has now been reached by the two clubs.

Hulk scored 21 goals in all competitions last season and played a crucial role in Porto's Europa League title-winning campaign in 2010-11.