Edu Gaspar admits interest in bringing Paulinho back to Corinthians

Corinthians sporting director Edu says that the club want to re-sign Tottenham midfielder Paulinho.

After an inconsistent start to the new season, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is widely expected to lead a full scale overhaul of the squad.

The Argentine was lumped with a number of ineffectual players after the mass spending spree last summer, and a number of those signings are already expected to leave.

Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado have all been linked with departures in the January transfer window, but one player looks even more likely to leave White Hart Lane.

Paulinho, 26, joined Spurs for £17m just over a year ago having impressed with Corinthians and with the Brazilian national team, and was widely seen as the ideal box-to-box midfielder.

Yet despite a bright start to life in North London, Paulinho has faded into obscurity, rarely playing under Pochettino as an early exit becomes likelier and likelier.

A return to Corinthians has been speculated for some time, and now their sporting director Edu Gaspar - the former Arsenal midfielder - says that he is interested in bringing Paulinho back to Tatuape, and they believe that they can beat off competition for his signature from rivals Internacional.

"The doors are open for Paulinho, he is very popular here," said Edu. "If we compete with Inter, the financial part should not make a difference, I do not think that Inter is a competitor."

Heading back to Corinthians would surely be the best move for Paulinho, given the lack of opportunities he's been given so far this season.

The Brazilian international hit 34 goals in 161 games for Corinthians, enjoying the best spell of his nomadic career to date - and an emotional return to the club may well be on the cards.


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