Wednesday 13 December 2017

Transfer Watch: £17m Brazilian Paulinho on verge of joining Spurs

BRAZIL midfielder Paulinho's move to Tottenham moved closer as he underwent a medical with the London club.

The 24-year-old is believed to be on the verge of completing a £17m move from Corinthians after starring in his country's recent Confederations Cup success.

He will become the first recruit for Andre Villas-Boas this summer as the Portuguese manager looks to improve on last year's fifth-placed finish.

DONE DEALS

Chelsea have signed Dutch international Marco van Ginkel on a five-year deal from Vitesse Arnhem. He will become Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's second signing following the arrival of Germany forward Andre Schuerrle from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen last month.

West Brom's Marc-Antoine Fortune becomes Wigan Athletic's sixth summer signing, agreeing a two-year deal with the club.

Chris Samba has rejoined Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala after an unsuccessful stint at QPR for an undisclosed fee.

Samba endured a torrid, if brief, time in west London after Anzhi claimed he had been offered the same £100,000-a-week wages by QPR that he had been on in Russia.

Anzhi director German Tkachenko said he thought QPR had "lost their minds" when they tendered a deal they alleged was worth £12.5m. Tkachenko said: "At QPR he will earn almost as much as he did at Anzhi. In my view QPR have lost their minds.

"When they agreed to pay his release fee we wept. He (Samba) wept.

"Everybody says that he ran away from the club, but that's not true. He didn't put any pressure on the club until we received an offer from QPR for £12.5m – the amount required by his contract."

Arsenal pair Francis Coquelin and Johan Djourou will spend next season on loan at German teams Freiburg and Hamburg SV respectively.

French midfielder Coquelin, who has featured 43 times since joining the Londoners as a 17-year-old in 2008, will aim to gain more experience and build up his playing time, the club said.

Freiburg finished fifth in the league last season.

RUMOUR MILL

Liverpool look set to miss out on the capture of Armenian striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shaktar Donetsk, with Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund now favourites to land the highly rated player on a €25m deal.

Irish Independent

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