Transfers: Tottenham confirm Paulinho signing from Corinthians

 

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians.

The 24-year-old was a regular for Brazil during their Confederations Cup campaign which culminated in a 3-0 win over Spain on Sunday.

Neither the fee or length of contract has been disclosed by the club.

He told the club's official Twitter account, SpursOfficial: “I am very happy and excited to have joined Spurs. It's a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham.”

Paulinho has become Andre Villas-Boas' first summer recruit as he looks to reshape his squad ahead of a push for a top-four place in the Barclays Premier League next season.

The player revealed during the tournament in his native country that a bid from Spurs to seal his signature had been lodged and that north London was his most likely destination.

Inter Milan and Real Madrid were also believed to be interested in a move for the former Bragantino midfielder, who scored twice during the Confederations Cup, following on from his equalising goal in Brazil's 2-2 draw with England last month.

And the midfielder is hopeful of maintaining his form with his new club.

"It's a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham. I know it will be a huge challenge but I think I can help all my colleagues to succeed and give a lot of happiness to the supporters," he said.

"The training centre is amazing and I'm very impressed about the conditions Tottenham offers to the players. I will focus on my job and use the facility as much as possible.

"We used to watch the Premier League in Brazil - including Tottenham - and this club has big players. I just want to help them to succeed here. It's nice to have another Brazilian in the squad and I'm excited to meet with Sandro and all the players."

Paulinho timeline

1988: July 24 - Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil as Jose Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior.

2004: Starts his professional playing career with hometown club Pao de Acucar but does not make a first-team appearance.

2006: His professional debut comes during a spell with now-defunct Lithuanian side FC Vilnius, where he plays 38 league games and scored five goals.

2007: Joins Polish outfit LKS Lodz and playing 15 league games before returning to Brazil.

2008: Makes the Pao de Acucar first team and becomes a key figure in the side.

2009: Completes a transfer to Brazilian second division side Bragantino, another team based in Sao Paolo.

2010: A string of impressive performances catch the eye of Sao Paolo giants Corinthians and he originally moves to Pacaembu on loan.

May 30: Makes an immediate impact as a scoring substitute on his debut in Corinthians' 4-2 win over rivals Santos.

2011: September 14 - Makes his Brazil debut in a goalless draw with Argentina.

December - Collects a national title after Corinthians win the Campeonato Brasileiro.

2012: May 23 - Scores the only goal of a two-legged quarter-final tie against Vasco da Gama to guide Corinthians into the Copa Libertadores semi-finals.

July: Plays in both legs of the Copa Libertadores final victory over Argentina's Boca Juniors.

September 20: Scores his first international goal, equalising in Brazil's 2-1 win over Argentina.

December 16: Instrumental in the build-up to the only goal of the FIFA Club World Cup final as Corinthians beat Champions League winners Chelsea 1-0 in Japan.

2013: June 2 - His third goal for Brazil, a superbly-taken volley, comes as the late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with England in the Maracana.

June 22 - Confirms to reporters following Brazil's 4-2 Confederations Cup win over Italy that Tottenham have made an offer to Corinthians and he will decide on his future at the end of the competition.

July 1 - Starts as Brazil brush world champions Spain aside 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup. He is awarded the Bronze Ball after being recognised as the third-best player of the tournament behind Andres Iniesta and Neymar.

July 2 - Holds an emotional press conference to announce his plans to leave Corinthians, with Tottenham mooted as his likely destination.

July 5 - Arrives for a medical at Tottenham ahead of a move reported to have cost Spurs around £17million.

July 6 - Tottenham reach an agreement with Corinthians to sign the player on undisclosed terms after he passes a medical. He says: "I am very happy and excited to have joined Spurs. It's a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham."

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