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The former Arsenal star, now Corinthians' director of football, praises the 24-year-old for his professionalism and fighting spirit as he closes in on a £17 million move to Spurs

Corinthians director of football Edu believes that Tottenham will be acquiring a unique player in Paulinho.

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As revealed by Goal earlier in June, Spurs are on the brink of capturing the 24-year-old attacking midfielder for £17 million, with the deal expected to be finalised once the Confederations Cup has concluded.

And the former Arsenal midfielder has given the north London club a taste of what is to come by praising the outgoing Brazilian international for his peerless work ethic.

"Paulinho is, what I really want to say, a really professional guy. [He is] very focused in training, in the match," he told BBC Sport.

"He doesn't like to lose, he always fights to be [in a] good position in the table.

"[He] scores so many goals, it's quite strange to see his number because he's a midfielder. He scores so many goals - important goals.

"As a player he is box-to-box, easily. It is very difficult to find a player with his characteristics."

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