The Brazilian international has failed to star since his arrival in North London from Corinthians at the start of last season.
Seemingly out of touch with the English game, the 26-year-old midfielder arrived with the reputation of the ‘Brazilian Frank Lampard’, but he has failed to live up to such a title - registering just six goals in 36 games.
Despite his poor form last term, he still made 30 appearances as Spurs faltered to a Europa League finish, although he has been further outcast by new head coach Mauricio Pochettino this season, making only six Premier League substitute appearances, and only really showing his use in the Europa League.
With Pochettino keen to strengthen his side in the January transfer window - with the midfield third his main focus - the Brazilian has been listed as one of few bodies set to leave White Hart Lane at the turn of the year, and he has been linked with a return to former club Corinthians, as well as Brazilian rivals Cruzeiro and Serie A side Internazionale.
All three clubs have reportedly been looking at taking him on loan for the second half of the campaign, with them unwilling to pay the large fee Spurs would require for the permanent acquisition of his services, but Paulinho’s family are said to favour a move back to his homeland - with Corinthians the favoured destination.
Further reports have given stronger proof to these claims, with Paulinho’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci denying any potential move to Italy, claiming that the rumours of a move to Inter are nothing but that - rumours.
Quoted by reports, Bertolucci said: “I deny all the rumors regarding the interest of Inter for Paulinho.
“Nothing is true, there is no possibility of a transfer in January, it’s just the usual voices.”
This gives further claim to the reports that the 26-year-old will be returning to his homeland in January, but Spurs will still be hoping to sell their underperforming midfielder to reinvest any received funds back into their playing squad.