Paulinho: I couldn't turn down Tottenham

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Corinthians midfielder Paulinho looks set to seal a big-money move to the Premier League after admitting that it would be a fantastic opportunity to play for Tottenham Hotspur, reports The Independent.

The 24-year-old is currently on Confederations Cup duty with Brazil, but has been the subject of intense transfer interest in recent weeks.

Spurs have already lodged a £17million bid for Paulinho's services, meeting his buy-out clause, leaving Corinthians powerless to prevent the South American linking up with Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, providing he can agree personal terms.

"I feel I am ready to experience football at the highest level in Europe and the opportunity to play in England is a dream," Paulinho is quoted by The Independent.

"It's a great pleasure to be linked to such a great club like Tottenham. They have a reputation as one of the great clubs in England who play exciting, attacking football which suits my style. 

"I couldn't turn them down if they made me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity to play for Tottenham."

Paulinho has also been linked with a move to Serie 'A', with Inter Milan and Roma both credited with an interest in his services. And, even though he appears to favour a transfer to England, the final decision will be made after he returns from the Confederations Cup.

"The buy-out fee is 20million Euros and Corinthians can't do anything," the club's director Duilio Monteiro Alves told UOL. "We'll talk with him.

"Paulinho already knows about the offer, we told him. He asked to wait until he returns from the national team. When he comes, the final decision will be made."


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