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Watford making inquiries for Tottenham midfield outcast

Paulinho probably won't get first team football at Tottenham, but he probably will at Watford.

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According to the Evening Standard, newly-promoted EPL club Watford is considering a loan move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho.

Watford have been linked with various Tottenham players over the past weeks including defenders Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue as they try and shore up their team ahead of what will be a grueling Premier League campaign. Paulinho has been linked for a move away from White Hart Lane after the former record signing has failed to impress each of the past two seasons for Tottenham.

Paulinho is the kind of player that could do well at a club like Watford, but obviously the transfer fee and reported wages of £58k/week are a little much for a newly promoted side to handle. Spurs are very unlikely to break even on Paulinho, so the Standard's suggestion that a loan is much more likely than an outright purchase makes a lot of sense. So long as Spurs can get (most of?) Paulinho's wages off the books and kick the can of his sale down the road, I suspect they might take the offer. And if they can get an option to purchase into the deal, so much the better.