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Report: Watford approach Tottenham Hotspur over possible move for midfielder Paulinho

Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Stambouli, Paulinho and Nabil Bentaleb during a lap of honour after the English Premier League game against Hull City at White Hart Lane on 16th May, 2015
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Watford have made an approach to Tottenham Hotspur to discuss a possible deal for midfielder Paulinho, according to reports.

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the newly-promoted outfit are the latest club to show an interest in Paulinho, following on from a host of Serie A based teams, his former employees Corinthians and Borussia Dortmund.

Watford have already agreed deals for Werder Bremen defender Sebastian Prödl and Steaua București goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, while a club record bid for Genoa’s Diego Perotti has also reportedly been submitted.

Owner Gino Pozzo is seemingly intent on giving Head Coach Quique Flores the best possible chance of surviving in the English Premier League, with Paulinho said to be his next target.

The 26 year-old is contracted to Tottenham until June 2018 and was signed for a reported fee of €19.73 million from Corinthians in July 2013.

His time with Spurs has however, not worked out and last season he managed just 15 appearances in the league and 30 overall in all competitions.

With manager Mauricio Pochettino preferring to largely use Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason as his central midfielders, Paulinho became increasingly marginalised and with Spurs seemingly looking to reshape their squad over the summer, it is possible that he could be sacrificed.


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