Paulinho linked with Corinthians return in January - report

Corinthians are keen on signing Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho.

Corinthians are looking to sign Paulinho on loan to end his miserable spell at Tottenham Hotspur, according to the London Evening Standard.

Paulinho joined Spurs from Corinthians in a deal worth £16 million last summer, but he has struggled to make an impression at White Hart Lane.

The Brazilian came to North-London with a reputation as one of the finest players in his position in world football, but he has fallen short of the standard required and his exit appears imminent.

Although Spurs are more open to Paulinho leaving on a permanent transfer, the opportunity to get him off their books - even on a temporary basis - could be one they accept.

Paulinho has failed to force his way into the starting line-up under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, and his days look numbered.

The central-midfielder plays in a position where Pochettino has numerous options in and he is way down the pecking order.

So far Paulinho has only made one appearance in the Premier League, coming off the bench, and, as a high-earner, there is a necessity to clear him out.

A return to Brazil, where he impressed previously, could be the perfect move for all parties. 

Spurs are understood to be hoping to recoup much of the fee they expanded to secure Paulinho, ruling out the possibility of a move back to Corinthians on a permanent basis, but if he does perform well back in his homeland interest could heighten. 

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