The Brazil international joined the Lilywhites as part of the 2013 post-Gareth Bale mega spend, but has, largely, failed to justify his reputation as one of the best emerging midfielders on the planet upon his arrival from Corinthians.
He featured under Andre Villas-Boas, but slid away from the first-team under Tim Sherwood and Mauricio Pochettino, and reports suggest that he’s now in the radar of Watford, who are preparing for a return to the top tier.
It’s understood that the two London clubs are in contact regarding the 26-year-old, who was attracting interest from the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan in 2014.
Should Paulinho join the Hornets he would link up with former White Hart Lane player and Brazilian compatriot Heurelho Gomes.
Although his stock his dipped significantly, the 32-time Selecao star would add experience and top-level quality to Watford’s ranks.