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Chelsea defender David Luiz has tipped Brazil teammate Paulinho to succeed in the Premier League, per FIFA.com.
Paulinho, a 24-year-old defensive midfielder, scored twice in four appearances for Brazil at the Confederations Cup, including the winner against Uruguay in the semifinals. He is close to a £17 million move from Corinthians to Tottenham, according to BBC Sport.
Speaking about Paulinho's potential move, Luiz said: "If he gets to play in England, he will definitely go far. His game fits perfectly with the pace of English football."
In other Tottenham transfer news, the Daily Mirror reports that Spurs are close to signing Dinamo Zagreb's Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic, citing reports in the players' native Croatia. Both players are 17 and would remain with Dinamo until turning 18.
Meanwhile, The Times reports (subscription required) that Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has telephoned Barcelona's David Villa in an attempt to persuade the forward to join the Spurs.