Stoke City have been offered the chance to sign highly-rated Livorno striker Paulinho, according to MailOnline.

The Brazilian-born striker, who has an Italian passport, scored 15 goals in 35 Serie A outings last season and is expected to leave the club this summer.

And Livorno president Aldo Spinelli has admitted he has had offers for the 28-year-old, one of which coming from Stoke City.

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He said: “Al Jazira have already spoken with Paulinho, but Stoke City also want him and there are also a couple of other English clubs.

“What I can say is that the negotiations have started and in the coming hours we will know more about this, with everything still open, and talk to the player to work out the best opportunity.”

But should Mark Hughes fail to get his man, he is expected to turn his attention to 18-year-old Barcelona winger Adama Traore, who is available on loan.

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