Websites in Brazil and Italy are reporting this Friday morning that Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Corinthians and Brazil national team midfielder Paulinho.
The 24-year-old, who recently scored in a 2-2 friendly draw with England for Brazil, would cost Spurs 17 million euros.
The Paulinho to Tottenham rumour was broken by Gianluca Di Marzio, who was first with Pep Guardiola taking over at Bayern Munich and Clarence Seedorf signing for Botafogo.
According to Sky Italia, Spurs turned their attentions to Paulinho when they were rebuffed in an approach for Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has now turned to one of Corinthians’ key players in their recent run to Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup success.
If Paulino were to sign on at White Hart Lane, he could potentially join a strong midfield partnership with fellow Brazilian Sandro.
Serie A sides Roma and Inter Milan are tipped as the most likely to compete with Tottenham for Paulinho.
Brazilian website Lancenet reported yesterday that Spurs scouts will be in attendance at the upcoming Confederations Cup to watch Atletico Mineiro attacking midfielder Bernard.