Spurs bid for £17m Paulinho

TOTTENHAM are closing in on the signing of Brazil midfielder Paulinho, after the 24-year-old revealed the north Londoners had lodged a bid, thought to be £17m, with his club Corinthians.

“There is an official offer from Tottenham to Corinthians,” said the 2012 Copa Libertadores winner. “But, as I did when there was an Inter Milan offer, I’ll sit and decide with my family before I make any decision.”

Paulinho played in Brazil’s first two Confederations Cup matches, scoring the second goal in the 3-0 win over Japan, though missed Saturday’s 4-2 win against Italy with an ankle injury.