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Feb 27, 2012

AVB sets sights on move for Hulk

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he feels Porto striker Hulk would be an ideal fit for Chelsea as he ponders an expected overhaul of the squad this summer. That's if, of course, the Portuguese coach is still at Chelsea when the transfer window opens again once more.

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Brazil international Hulk worked under Villas-Boas at Porto last season, and the pair proved a successful partnership as the club pocketed a quadruple.

There is set to be a vacancy for a forward-thinking player at Chelsea next term, with Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou poised to exit when their contracts expire at the end of the current campaign - and Florent Malouda eager to move in search of regular first-team football.

"We have Kalou and Malouda, both of whom are nearing the end of their contracts, while Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge are the future," Villas-Boas told Portuguese radio station TSF.

"As such, there will surely be a place to fill and I see room for an explosive player on the wing, someone who is strong in one-on-one situations and Hulk fits that profile."

A revival against Bolton at the weekend, which saw many of the old guard return to Villas-Boas' starting line-up, helped Chelsea towards Villas-Boas' stated target of a Champions League place.

Chelsea face exit from this season's Champions League as Napoli took a 3-1 lead in the first leg of the club's last-32 clash.

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