Real Madrid are planning an audacious move to snap up Tottenham midfielder Paulinho according to reports from TuttoMercato.

The Brazilian international only joined Spurs over the summer as a part of Andre Villas-Boas’ £100m revolution and has made a solid start to life in London.

Real were keen on Paulinho prior to his move to White Hart Lane but were unable to beat their Premier League rivals to his signature.

But the Spaniards are ready to launch a fresh move for the 25-year-old this January.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti sees the South American as the ideal long-term partner for Asier Illarramendi – who has been compared to Xabi Alonso.