Tottenham Hotspur's prospective signing Paulinho says he wants to follow in the footsteps of Frank Lampard, after drawing comparisons with the Chelsea midfielder, reports The Sun.

The 24-year-old Corinthians star is expected to arrive in north London in a £17million deal this month, and comes with a big reputation following his impressive performances for Brazil at the Confederations Cup.

Paulinho played an instrumental role as the home nation won their third successive trophy, and was voted the third best player of the tournament behind Andres Iniesta and Neymar.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has seen enough to convince him that the South American will be a huge hit at White Hart Lane, and if he goes just some way to emulating Chelsea's all-time top scorer Lampard, then he will surely prove to be a good purchase.

"This comparison is a responsibility I will take, I will not run away from it," said Paulinho. "Lampard is a great player not only for Chelsea but world football.

"I intend to follow in his footsteps as he is a very professional guy. David Luiz always speaks of him on international duty.

"I've always looked at what Lampard does and, to me, he is a phenomenon — the way he hits the ball, what positions he takes up. He really is incredible."

Chelsea were also credited with an interest in signing Paulinho at one point this summer, but Spurs now look to have finally won the battle for the player's signature.



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