On Thursday morning, Sport Witness brought claims from Portugal of Leeds United interest in Tobias Figueiredo.

It was more than just passing interest, according to the claims, and A Bola stated Leeds United had commenced talks to sign the 23 year old. Sporting were said to be looking at a fee of around €3-4m, and on a permanent transfer this figure is felt to be negotiable, whilst a loan move can’t be ruled out either.

Leeds United had been scouting Sporting but with Figueiredo largely out of the picture, they weren’t getting much luck. At the weekend Figueiredo turned out for Sporting B in a 3-0 victory over Porto B and his performance was described asimmaculate and muscular’ and the timeline fits with that being the trigger for Leeds efforts.

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On Friday another Portuguese newspaper, Record, makes a Figueiredo transfer sound nailed on. Leeds United are the only club mentioned, with it being backed up that contact is already in place.

Record say a transfer looks a must for the central defender in January, and he’ll ‘be able to go abroad to gain more playing time in order to consolidate his growth process… Certainly, during the month of January, the lions should resolve the present and future of a defender that has only been used on four occasions.’

There’s been no ‘concrete’ offer so, and that will now be awaited from Leeds United or any other club interested in Tobias Figueiredo.