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Window watch: £17m Paulinho set to make Tottenham wait

Published 24/06/2013 | 05:00

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Paulinho has been widely tipped to leave Corinthians for Europe after impressing in recent months
Paulinho has been widely tipped to leave Corinthians for Europe after impressing in recent months

Tottenham Hotspur target Paulinho has confirmed that the White Hart Lane club have made a bid to sign him, but he will not decide on whether to agree to move until after the Confederations Cup.

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Paulinho is currently on international duty with Brazil, who beat Italy 4-2 on Saturday night to top their group in the Confederations Cup.

He is expected to leave Corinthians for Europe this summer, but Spurs will have to battle for his signature, with Inter Milan and other top European clubs also interested in the midfielder.

Tottenham have had a bid of around £17m accepted by Corinthians.

DONE DEAL

LIVERPOOL have confirmed the signing of striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo for a fee believed to be in the region of £7.7m.

The 25-year-old, who scored 12 goals for Primera Division club Celta Vigo last season, has signed a long-term contract with the Reds after passing his medical at Melwood.

Meanwhile, in what may well be a football first, GUS POYET was sacked as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion last night while working on live television.

Brighton announced the termination of the Uruguayan's contract, which still had three years to run, during the first half of the BBC's coverage of the Spain versus Nigeria Confederations Cup game. Poyet, a studio guest, found out when production staff passed him a copy of the club statement.

At half-time, instead of discussing the events of the opening 45 minutes from Portaleza, Poyet, suspended by Brighton since May 16, was commenting on his departure from the Championship club after three and a half seasons in charge.

RUMOUR MILL

Tottenham are being linked with a £20m move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke following an impressive first season in the Premier League.

Benteke scored 19 league goals following his move from Belgian side Genk, a vital contribution to Villa's successful fight against relegation and manager Paul Lambert is hoping a new contract will help fend off unwanted interest in the 22-year-old.

Manuel Pellegrini could be dealt his first setback as new Manchester City manager with Malaga's Isco contemplating snubbing a potential move to the Etihad Stadium and signing instead for Real Madrid.

Manchester City could launch a surprise £35m bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Not prepared to meet the £53m escape clause for Napoli's Edinson Cavani, new Etihad boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to switch his attention to the Uruguayan.

And Liverpool, now reluctantly resigned to losing the former Ajax star, would welcome a bidding war as they look for a big profit on their £23m outlay for the frontman.

LIKELY LADS

Manchester United are likely to offer Wayne Rooney a new deal to remain on the books of the Premier League champions.

The striker will tell new manager David Moyes that he wants a fresh start at Manchester United when he holds his first serious discussions with the Scot this week.

Irish Independent

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