Tottenham midfielder Paulinho may be set for a transfer to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrand

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 05: Paulinho of Brazil during the International Friendly match between South Africa and Brazil at FNB Stadium on March 0
Image: Brazil international Paulinho has made 67 appearances for Tottenham

Tottenham are in discussions with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande over the sale of Paulinho, according to Sky sources.

Guangzhou are managed by former Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari and he is keen to bring his compatriot to the club.

Spurs are hoping to agree a deal that will see them recoup most if not all of the £17m they paid Corinthians for the midfielder in 2013.

Paulinho, who was left out of the Brazil squad for the ongoing Copa America, has been quoted in the South American media as saying he has had a number of offers to leave White Hart Lane via his agent.

Paulinho of Tottenham Hotspur
Image: Paulinho has failed to live up to his £17m transfer fee

Expectations were high when Paulinho arrived, but the 26-year-old has had a somewhat disappointing two-year spell at Tottenham. He was one of seven much-talked-about names who were signed by technical director Franco Baldini while Andre Villas-Boas was head coach.

He has made 67 Tottenham appearances, scoring 10 goals, but is one of a number of players Spurs are open to selling.

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