The Brazil international, who scored the winning goal in Wednesday's Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay, described his potential move to White Hart Lane as a "dream".
"It is important for the team and the Brazilian fans that at the moment all my focus is on winning the Confederations Cup, but, after the tournament is finished, I hope it is a deal that can get finalised quickly," Paulinho told reporters.
"To play in England for a great team like Tottenham is a dream. What I respect about Tottenham is the ambition they have shown.
"This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player - and they have been clear they both are not going anywhere. When my agent made me aware that Tottenham were interested, I knew it would not be a move that I could turn down."
It is understood that Spurs will pay a £17m transfer fee for the 24-year-old.