Former Arsenal star may hold the key to Paulinho's exit from Tottenham

Corinthians director Edu Gaspar - a former two-time Premier League winner with Arsenal - has talked up the idea of taking Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho on loan.

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Edu Gaspar could be pivotal in Paulinho leaving Tottenham Hotspur, even if it will only be on a short-term deal. 

Earlier in the week, the Daily Mail reported Mauricio Pochettino was planning a January clear-out following the North London side's poor start to the season. 

Of the four names mentioned in the report - Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches - the Brazilian can be the most disappointed after going into White Hart Lane with a very good reputation.

After the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Paulinho became the first of three record breaking transfer signings of the window under Andre Villas-Boas. He didn't hold the record for long as Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela came in during the same transfer window for bigger fees.

Nevertheless, as a regular in the Brazil first-team, not many expected him to seemingly fail like he has done. 

Former Arsenal midfielder Edu, now director of football at Corinthians, has admitted he may be able to offer short-term refuge for Paulinho, but insists the club are currently in no state to buy him outright. 

"We know he [Paulinho] has not played much there," Edu told Diario Do Grande ABC.

"But he is an important player for Spurs, who made a big investment to sign him. 

"If we were going to negotiate a deal, it would only be on loan. We could not buy him."

The Brasileirao side are not in a strong negotiating position, having recently announced a shortfall of $44 million [roughly £11 million] and they reportedly already owe one of their players money for image rights and bonuses. 

If Corinthians can put a good case together to sign the Tottenham midfielder, even if only for a short time, it could prove beneficial as it would put Paulinho back in the shop window. 

After just 29 minutes of Premier League football this season, it seems unlikely Paulinho has a future at Spurs and now Pochettino will surely be focusing on getting the best deal possible deal for the club.

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