| 13°C Dublin

Spurs agree £17million deal for midfielder Paulinho


Brazil's Paulinho. Photo: AP Photo/Victor R Caivano

Brazil's Paulinho. Photo: AP Photo/Victor R Caivano

Brazil's Paulinho. Photo: AP Photo/Victor R Caivano

TOTTENHAM have agreed a £17million deal to sign midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians, according to the Brazilian club.

The Brazil international held a press conference yesterday, one day after lifting the Confederations Cup with his country, to confirm he is leaving the Sao Paulo club.

The club also said in a statement on their website that Spurs were set to pay £17m to release the player from his current deal.

"It's hard to say anything at a moment like this, but I am sure those were three wonderful years in my career, with many titles and working with the right people, who always helped me," Paulinho, 24, told reporters.

"What I have to say to Corinthians is 'see you soon'. Pretty soon I'll be back, owing to everything you have done for me."

The statement from Corinthians thanked Paulinho for his contribution to the team, with the midfielder helping them win the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2011 and both the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup last year.

He scored 34 goals in 167 appearances for the club and was also instrumental in Brazil's 3-0 victory over Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup.

Spurs offered no comment when contacted last night.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is pushing ahead with rebuilding his squad as he chases promising full-backs Gino Peruzzi and Benjamin Mendy.

After three out-of-contract signings completed their moves to the Stadium of Light yesterday, the Black Cats were closing in on the Argentinian and his French counterpart.

The Wearsiders have agreed deals with Velez Sarsfield for Peruzzi and Le Havre for Mendy and are now working to put together personal terms to attract the pair to England.

Right-back Peruzzi, 21, played his part as Velez won the Argentinian Grand Final with a 1-0 victory over Newell's Old Boys at the weekend.

Eighteen-year-old left-back Mendy, too, is firmly in Di Canio's sights although with interest from a series of other suitors, he is yet to commit himself to a move to the north-east.