Paulinho deal could be completed today as Brazilian arrives at Tottenham for a medical

Midfielder looks set to complete £17m deal to White Hart Lane as Spurs beat off competition from Real Madrid

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Tottenham could announce the signing of Paulinho later today as the midfielder will undergo a medical with the club ahead of a £17 million move from Corinthians.

The Brazilian will aslo met with manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy before signing a long-term contract, believed to be four or five years.

The 24-year-old arrived in London yesterday and he will begin his medical this morning.

Tottenham appear to have beaten off competition from Real Madrid to bring Paulinho to White Hart Lane in a move that shows serious intent from the club ahead of the new season.

Paulinho scored 34 goals in 167 games for the Brazilian league side, and he was part of the Confederations Cup side that beat Spain in the final 3-0.

The final was his 17th appearance for his country, having scored five times including a goal against England at the Maracana that will have Spurs fans licking their lips at the prospect of seeing him in action.

Spurs are also believed to be interested in Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, with the Bosnian international being rumoured of a £20m switch to London.

Villas-Boas has had his scouts watch Pjanic closely, and it is thought a move for the attacking midfielder could materialise following the completion of the Paulinho deal that could be announced later today.