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Walker and Paulinho set for Spurs exit

Walker and Paulinho set for Spurs exit

Kyle Walker and Paulinho are set to leave Tottenham Hotspur after both of them lost their place in the team, failing to impress manager Mauricio Pochettino last season.

Kyle Walker was signed in 2009 as a long term prospect for the right-back position from Sheffield United. He was sent on loan for the first two seasons at QPR and Aston Villa respectively before turning out in the Spurs jersey.

Walker was considered one of the brightest stars at Spurs, and caused havoc in the opposition defence with his electric pace. His defending was a bit of a problem, but the notion was that he would get better with time.

He enjoyed two good seasons with Spurs, but a hip injury at the end of the 2013-14 campaign sidelined him for the first half of last season. After the injury, he was never the same player and therefore lost his place in the first team.

Pochettino made it clear that 25-year-old is not a part of his plans for the next season with the recent signing of Kieran Trippier from Burnley for £ 3.5 million. He also signed American right-back DeAndre Yedlin from Seattle Sounders following an impressive World Cup 2014.

Recent reports suggest that Spurs are ready to accept offers for Walker, and are expected to make a good profit on him- with Manchester United, Stoke City, West Ham United, Liverpool and Sunderland- all thought to be in the market for a right-back.

Meanwhile, Paulinho has been linked with a move to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrand, who are reportedly offering him a pay rise of £30,000 a week.

Guangzhou are managed by former Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari, who is keen to bring his compatriot to the club. The Brazil international, who was signed for £17 million from Corinthians two years ago, has made 67 appearances for Spurs, scoring 10 goals. The 26-year-old was one of the so-called Magnificent Seven brought in at a total cost of £100 million earned by the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

However, he has failed to live up to those lofty expectations and has lost his place in the Spurs team. Paulinho was also left out of the Brazilian squad for the ongoing Copa America.

English players always come with a premium price tag in the Premier league. Therefore, club chairman Daniel Levy can be sure of making a profit on the Walker deal. As far as Paulinho is concerned, it may be interesting to see how long he stays at Guangzhou and whether it represents a stepping stone towards an eventual return to Corinthians.

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