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Brazil midfielder Paulinho looks likely to stay with Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season, hint the Daily Express.

That is because Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is refusing to budge on his asking price for the 26-year-old.

Paulinho joined Spurs in a £17m move from Corinthians in July 2013.

He was a first-team regular in his debut season in England, starting 28 Premier League matches.

However, he has yet to start a top-flight game this term, with new head coach Mauricio Pochettino clearly not keen on him.

Paulinho has been capped 32 times by Brazil at senior international level, so, naturally, he is not short of admirers.

However, none of the clubs interested in him have been able to come up with an offer to satisfy Tottenham’s demands.

Inter Milan have reportedly had a £10m offer rejected, while Brazilian side Cruzeiro and Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 are also said to be tracking Paulinho.

Other clubs would like to take Paulinho on loan, but Levy is determined to sell him permanently, as he looks to recoup as much money as possible.

With no club yet to match Levy’s unknown asking price, Paulinho could be a Spurs player for some time to come. That could be a blessing in disguise, considering Tottenham’s busy fixture list, which has been cause by their continued success in three cup competitions.

Paulinho has more than three years left to run on his current contract at White Hart Lane.

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