Corinthians star set to opt for north London switch this summer.
Tottenham are reportedly close to completing a significant coup with the signing of Brazil and Corinthians midfielder Paulinho.
According to the Telegraph, the 24-year-old has been tracked by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas for some time, however the Portuguese tactician has faced competition from across Europe, with Serie A giants Inter reportedly close to snapping up the star.
Paulinho is currently playing in the Confederations Cup, and is growing into a key player for coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as he shows his ability to break up play as well as getting forward and scoring goals.
Villas-Boas has also received a boost with the news that the club are not interested in selling Gareth Bale this summer, with the 23-year-old widely regarded as a vital part of the club’s push for Champions League football next season.
The north London outfit are still in the transfer market for a top-class striker with speculation suggesting that Barcelona’s David Villa is a priority.
Nevertheless, it would appear that Paulinho will be the first player to join this summer, as he is set to disappoint clubs around Europe with his decision to move to White Hart Lane.
There is yet to be any official confirmation from either club involved or the player himself, but early indications suggest that Villas-Boas will finally land one of his primary targets for next season.
It will also come as a sign of ambition from the club, after the former Chelsea boss was linked with a move to PSG this summer. He turned the Parisians down earlier this month, and is now set to start his quest to improve the Spurs squad ahead of next season.