According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur and Brazilian side, Corinthians, have agreed a £17million deal for midfielder, Paulinho.
Corinthians initially told Spurs to increase their £15million bid, and it appears they’ve responded by doing so.
For those who are unfamiliar with Paulinho, his full name is Jose Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior.
He’s a 24-year-old energetic box-to-box midfielder who is well known for his aerial abilities and combative approach to the game – a true warrior in the centre of the park.
Paulinho has been strongly linked to Spurs for weeks now, but rumoured interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Roma, Chelsea and Real Madrid has threatened to scupper the transfer.
If said rumours appear to be true, it’s a huge signal of intent that Spurs are looking to make some serious changes in order to challenge for a Champions League place next season.
With Scott Parker on his way out of White Hart Lane, Paulinho’s arrival would potentially create a fearsome defensive-midfield partnership between himself and Brazilian hard man, Sandro, allowing Mousa Dembele to push up, playing in the trio behind a lone striker, where he is more of an attacking threat.
A lot of Spurs fans will agree with me when I say that in order for them to really challenge, and maintain a season-long threat to the top four, they need some fresh faces upfront – desperately.
Spurs are said to be interested in the likes of David Villa, Christian Benteke and Roberto Soldado. All very hot names and very well equipped in the goal-scoring department.
The question is: whom will they bring in?