Andre Villas-Boas claims Tottenham Hotspur will not move for Porto striker Jackson Martinez or Atletico Mineiro playmaker Bernard this summer.

Spurs are in the market for a talismanic forward and recent reports suggested Villas-Boas is preparing a £25m raid on his former club to snap up the free-scoring Martinez. The Colombian, who joined Porto last summer, netted 26 times in 27 appearances to end his debut season as Portugal's top flight's highest scorer.

Jackson Martinez

Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona were all understood to be interested in Martinez's services. However, the Spurs manager has now taken his club out of the equation by ruling out a move for the 26-year-old.

"We don't want Jackson Martinez," Sky Sports quoted Villas-Boas.

Another player who has been linked to the north London outfit of late is Bernard. Villas-Boas admitted Tottenham have been following the Brazilian for some time but stated it's unlikely that they would make an effort to sign the 20-year-old.

"Bernard's a player that we monitor like many others, but I think Tottenham will do nothing regarding them," the manager added.

Meanwhile, it's not all bad news on the transfer front for Spurs. They are understood to be edging closer to signing Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, in a deal that could rise up to £17m.


According to, Tottenham will pay £15m up front for the 24-year-old, with a further £2m in potential add-ons. The Brazilian club had earlier confirmed that they are in advanced talks with Spurs over the transfer of Paulinho.

"The situation is well underway. We have to agree on some details of the negotiation, so I can't say he will leave yet, but the negotiations are good," said Corinthians director of football and former Arsenal midfielder Edu.

Paulinho is a versatile and powerful box-to-box midfielder, who managed to keep Chelsea's Ramires out of the Brazil squad for the Confederations Cup. He is now expected to sign a four-year contract with Spurs after the tournament.