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Report: Belenenses hoping for Joao Meira contract extension despite Leeds United transfer interest

Leeds United have been linked with making a move for Portuguese defender Joao Meira.

SportWitness covered claims from O Jogo last week indicating that Leeds were interested in making a move for Belenenses centre-back Joao Meira, with a permanent deal for loan star Sol Bamba now looking unlikely.

The 28-year-old is a centre-back by trade, and the report claimed that Leeds had offered him a contract to sign him on a free this summer, with his deal in Portugal expiring at the end of this month.

However, a new report in Portugal’s Record, also translated by SportWitness, has suggested that the Whites have been dealt a blow in the race to sign Meira, as Belenenses are keen on keeping him at the club to cover the midfield positions next season.

Bruno China is expected to leave the club, and Meira, who has experience of playing in defensive midfield, is wanted to fill in that role if no replacement can be signed.

Belenenses had already offered him a contract extension prior to Leeds’ approach, but with their newfound need to secure the defender - who has appeared 88 times for the club - suggests that the club will increase their offer to ward off any exterior interest.

This has dealt Leeds a blow in their race to sign the 28-year-old, and it is likely that they will have to improve their own offer for Meira if they intend to secure his signature in the coming weeks.

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