Brazil defensive midfielder Paulinho is joining Tottenham Hotspur from Brazilian club Corinthians.
Official details on the transfer were not disclosed, but local media say Tottenham is paying 20 million pounds to sign Paulinho on a four-year contract. That was the amount in the buyout clause established by Corinthians when it extended the player’s contract until 2015.
Paulinho was voted the third-best player at the Confederations Cup, behind Brazil teammate Neymar and Andres Iniesta of Spain.
Paulinho scored two goals in the World Cup warm-up tournament, including the winner in Brazil’s 2-1 win over Uruguay in the semifinals.
Paulinho helped Corinthians win the Brazilian league in 2011 and the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup in 2012. He scored 34 goals in 167 matches.