Luiz backs Tottenham target Paulinho to make big impact on Premier League

After late winner in Confederations Cup semi-final, Brazil striker expected to move to White Hart Lane next month

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David Luiz says Brazil's match-winning team-mate Paulinho is set to make a powerful impression on the Premier League should he complete his £17million move to Tottenham.

Paulinho is expected to move to White Hart Lane next month after Spurs agreed to pay the release clause in his contract, although the Brazilian club want him to stay until July 18 to help them win the Recopa Sudamericana.

The 24-year-old midfielder showed his quality with the deciding goal for Brazil in their 2-1 win against Uruguay in the semi-final of the Confederations Cup last night.

Chelsea defender Luiz is in no doubt that he can be a success for Spurs, too, in the English top flight and said: "Paulinho is a fantastic player, both defending and attacking. He is complete, so he can come to England. It's a great moment for him."

But Corinthians club president Mario Gobbi Filho appears to be bitter at the prospect of seeing a prize asset leave his team.

In a statement, he said: "Besides the signings we also suffered harassment of the top clubs in the world on some of our key players.

"We make every effort to keep them but we have to evaluate the good proposals and understand the goals and aspirations of our athletes."