Leeds United are interested in a January move for Sporting Lisbon centre back Tobias Figueiredo, according to Desporto ao Minuto.

The report states that Leeds have already enquired about the availability of the centre back, and are willing to offer up to €3.5m to bring him to Elland Road.

Leeds are likely to make bringing a new permanent centre back to Elland Road a priority next month, with loanee Matthew Pennington struggling to break into the Whites’ first XI.

Youngster Conor Shaughnessy has operated at centre back this season, but his preferred position is in the centre of midfield. Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper are the clubs first choice pairing, but question marks over the latters consistency is still a cause for concern amongst some fans.

Figueiredo was regarded as one of the most highly rated young defenders in Portugal just a couple of seasons ago, but has struggled to nail down a starting spot in the Sporting first team.

The 23-year-old progressed through the ranks of current club Sporting, and made his debut for Lisbon’s B team in August 2012 at just eighteen years old. In 2014, he was sent on loan to Spanish club Reus, where he made thirteen appearances, scoring one goal.

Upon his return to parent club Sporting, he was promoted to the clubs first team. On the way to Sporting lifting the Taca de Portugal, Figueiredo scored a crucial goal in the first leg of the semi final representing the only major honour of his career so far.

Last year, he spent the season on loan at Portuguese side Nacional. He made 22 appearances for the club, but this was in vain as they were relegated from the top flight.

Figueiredo has represented Portugal at every youth level since under fifteens, and if he can recapture the form which helped him to a spot in the Sporting first team, this could be a real coup for Leeds should a deal materialise.

 


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