£17m Tottenham target told Bale is staying
Tottenham and Arsenal transfer news: Paulinho keen on Spurs move
Paulinho has once more reiterated his desire to secure a move to Tottenham after the Confederations Cup.
The Brazilian will take part in the final against Spain on Sunday after scoring the winner against Uruguay in the semi-final – and is expected to complete a move away from Corinthians, who have described his transfer as ‘imminent’, soon afterwards.
While Tottenham are believed to be in the driving seat for the 24-year-old’s signature the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid could reportedly still be eyeing a last-gasp move.
However Paulinho has previously expressed his desire to join Spurs, and has once more admitted that a switch to White Hart Lane would appeal to him.
'It is important for the team and the Brazilian fans that at the moment all my focus is on winning the Confederations Cup - but after the tournament is finished I hope it is a deal that can get finalised quickly,' he said.
'To play in England for a great team like Tottenham is a dream. What I respect about Tottenham is the ambition they have shown.
The box-to-box midfielder also hinted he had been sold a move to Tottenham by being assured that star forward Gareth Bale and manager Andre Villas-Boas, both of whom have been linked with moves away from north London, will be staying put.
“This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player - and they have been clear they both are not going anywhere,” he revealed.
'When my agent made me aware that Tottenham were interested I knew it would not be a move that I could turn down.”
Once Tottenham wrap up a deal for Paulinho they are expected to focus their efforts on landing a striker, with Barcelona’s David Villa said to be the man for the job.