Paulinho claims Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer for him

The Brazil midfielder Paulinho has said he will decide on his future after the Confederations Cup, after claiming he has an offer to join Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs are believed to have agreed a fee of about £17m with Corinthians for the player but could yet face competition for Paulinho from their London rivals, Chelsea. An added complication with negotiating any deal for the 24-year-old is that his economic rights are currently owned by a third party.

"There is an official offer from Tottenham to Corinthians," Paulinho told reporters after Brazil's 4-2 win over Italy, which he did not play in because of an ankle injury.

"But, as I did when there was an Inter Milan offer, I'll sit and decide with my family before I make any decision. I will only do it after the Confederations Cup because it's hard to deal with all these things."

Tottenham's manager André Villas-Boas is a long-time admirer of James McCarthy, who is virtually certain to leave Wigan Athletic following their relegation to the Championship. The Republic of Ireland international, however, may look to team up once again with Roberto Martínez, at Everton.

Reports in Brazil have credited Chelsea with an interest in Paulinho and his compatriot Luiz Gustavo, with José Mourinho keen to add midfielders to his squad during the close season.

Benfica's Nemanja Matic is also attracting admiring glances from Mourinho but would cost close to double what Spurs have agreed as a fee for Paulinho.

Victor Wanyama, meanwhile, is stalling on a move from Celtic to Southampton despite the clubs agreeing a fee. The Kenyan, who starred during Celtic's Champions League run last season, has been monitored by a batch of clubs including Rubin Kazan, Cardiff City, Everton and Liverpool.

Newly-promoted Hull City expect to complete a deal to sign the Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Besiktas in the next 48 hours.

Powered by article was written by Ewan Murray, for on Sunday 23rd June 2013 12.36 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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