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Tottenham closing in on Paulinho deal

ESPN staff
June 22, 2013
Spurs are in advanced negotiations for Brazilian Paulinho © PA Photos

Corinthians have confirmed they are in advanced talks with Tottenham over the transfer of their midfielder Paulinho.

Brazil international Paulinho, who has made an impression in this summer's Confederations Cup, is believed to be closing in on a £17m move to White Hart Lane, with Corinthians director of football Edu confirming a deal is imminent.

"The situation is well underway," stated the former Arsenal midfielder when asked about a possible deal with Tottenham. "We have to agree on some details of the negotiation, so I can't say he will leave yet, but the negotiations are good."

Paulinho, who scored for Brazil in their 2-2 draw with England earlier this month, has also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Roma in recent weeks, but the Premier League appears to be his likely destination as Spurs look to seal their first big signing.

The move would also be the first to be concluded by the club's new director of football Franco Baldini, who is working closely with boss Andre Villas-Boas in a revised player recruitment set-up at the north London club.

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