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Paulinho no nearer Tottenham exit as Levy insists on permanent transfer

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Tottenham appear stuck with £17 million Brazilian midfielder Paulinho as Daniel Levy will only the ex-Corinthians player leave on a permanent transfer according to reports.

Paulinho has only started seven games this season, mostly in the cup competitions and has failed to make an impression under any of his three Tottenham managers so far.

Pecking order

He seems far from first choice in Mauricio Pochettino's mind as Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembele and Benjamin Stambouli are ahead in the pecking order for a central midfield position.

The 26-year-old has impressed most when played off a striker, but is again down the pecking order behind Tottenham's two most influential attackers - Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. A player of his stature - 32 caps for Brazil - obviously wants more than a few spare minutes at the end of games and some cup appearances, and has no shortage of suitors.

Return?

His former side Corinthians said they were unable to afford a move, an unsurprising development especially given FIFA's decision to eradicate third party ownership, curtailing a lot of external funding for a lot of Brazilian clubs.

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Italian side Internazionale have had a £10million bid rejected according to the Evening Standard, while Cruzeiro and Schalke are also credited with an interest with the Copa Libertadores winner but Levy's desire to sell and not loan the player and, typically, recoup the majority if not all of the £17million outlay on the Brazilian signed two summers ago.

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