Spurs keen to secure Brazilian star’s signature.
Tottenham are ready to act on their interest in Corinthians’ Paulinho and match the player’s minimum fee release clause according to Goal.com.
The Brazilian midfielder has been widely linked with a move to Europe after some highly impressive performances for the Brazilian side in recent years.
Paulinho was an integral part of the Corinthians team that went on to win the Club World Championship last December.
That prompted speculation linking the player with a January move to the likes of Chelsea and Inter Milan but Paulinho was keen to first complete the season with Corinthians.
It had been suggested that Paulinho had signed a pre-contract agreement to join Inter but those reports have been rubbished by the club.
Tottenham now appears to be in pole position to secure his services as they are ready to meet his £17 million buyout clause.
The player’s representatives held talks with the North London club last week and it is thought thoe talks have persuaded the club to make their move.
The move is part of a concerted effort by Spurs to target the Brazilian market. The club feel there is value to be found and are also keeping tabs on Atletico Mineiro’s Bernard.