Tottenham must sign Brazil star

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Tottenham have expressed an interest in Paulinho, according to Sky Sports, and the Brazilian midfielder would be a great signing for Spurs.

Paulinho is currently playing for Corinthians in Brazil. His release clause is said to be £17m, with Spurs reportedly making an initial bid of £14.5m. However Spurs should up their bid and activate his release clause.

It is no secret that when Sandro was injured last season Spurs struggled to win the midfield battle in many big games. Scott Parker filled in for Sandro, but his recent injury problems seemed to catch up with him and he did not perform to the same level as the season before.

At 32 years old the Englishman also does not fit Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas' policy of playing youth. The English defensive midfielder is set to be part of a summer clear-out with rumours of clubs such as Fiorentina, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers looking at him. Paulinho is a more than adequate replacement for Parker.

Paulinho is a box-to-box midfielder who has a lot of pace and power. He is known for his mental toughness and his high work-rate. The Brazilian is also good at attacking and defending set pieces with his huge presence and his ability in the air. He would a useful addition to Villas-Boas's high pressing game at Spurs.

The Brazilian is now becoming an important player for his country. The 24-year-old is primarily a defensive midfielder but has scored four goals in 14 appearances for his country.

Paulinho recently scored in a friendly against England and in Brazil's opening game in the Confederations Cup against Japan where he ran the game. He nullified Japan's attack and at the same time provided creativity in the Brazilian team.

At Corinthians, despite playing as a holding midfielder Paulinho has scored 34 goals in 167 appearances. He has helped the Brazilian club win the 2011 Brasileirao, the 2012 Copa Libertadores and the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.

With Sandro already at Spurs, and rumours that the London club want other Brazilians such as Leandro Damiao and Bernard, Paulinho will find settling in at the club easier and will be able to perform almost immediately.  

Spurs must complete a move for the player as he will add versatility and inject some energy into the team, but most importantly some bite into the Spurs midfield, which has been lacking in previous seasons.


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