What would Leeds signing Tobias Figueiredo mean for Matthew Pennington?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are said to be interested in another centre-back.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Leeds United have made a formal approach to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Tobias Figueiredo in January, and that could severely impact loanee Matthew Pennington's season.

The Everton player started the first match of the campaign before a badly-timed injury ruled him out until the end of September.

Pennington then returned to the fold but has managed just a single minute of Championship action in Leeds' last four games, and the arrival of yet another centre-back is only going to hinder his chances further.

Sporting CP defender Tobias Figueiredo from Portugal  during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon,...

With the report suggesting a fee of between £2.6million and £3.5million will get a deal over the line, Figueiredo will clearly not come cheap. And if Leeds' director of football Victor Orta does push for the player it would seemingly be with the intention of giving Thomas Christiansen another first-team regular rather than a bit-part player.

Pennington would have hoped his loan move to Elland Road would give him the regular game-time he needs before heading back to Everton with the bit between his teeth.

Instead it seems Leeds are going to use him even less than they already are, with any move for Figueiredo likely to signal the end for Pennington in Yorkshire.

Cauley Woodrow of England battles with Tobias Figueiredo of Portugal during the Third Place Play-off match of the Toulon Tournament between Portugal and England at the Parc des Sports...

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