Report suggests Leeds United have great chance to sign Sporting's Tobias Figueiredo

Apoel FC head coach Thomas Christiansen adresses the media during a press conference in Telia Park, Copenhagen on August 15, 2016 on the eve of the Champions League play off football match...

Portuguese Under-23 star Tobias Figueiredo looks certain to leave Primeira Liga giants Sporting Lisbon with Leeds United circling.

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,...

There is a very real chance that Leeds United could have a new centre-back in January in the shape of Tobias Figueiredo.

Portuguese publication Desporto ao Minuto claimed on Thursday that the Sporting Lisbon defender was the subject of an inquiry from Leeds. The report added that the Championship giants were willing to meet Sporting’s £3.5 million asking price.

And Record has provided an update on the situation on Tuesday, adding credence to suggestions that the Portuguese Under-23 ace could be on his way to Elland Road.

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...

It is understood that Figueiredo is not in the plans of Sporting boss Jorge Jesus and all the signs are pointing to his departure from the Estadio Jose Alvalade in the New Year. The report adds that England is his most likely destination.

This should give Leeds real hope, then, that they will be able to strike a deal sooner rather than later.

Macedonia's forward Viktor Angelov (L) and Portugal's defender Tobias Figueiredo vie for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group B football match FYR Macedonia vs...

Figueiredo has struggled to establish himself in Sporting’s first-team but has impressed for Portugal’s various youth ranks, helping the Iberian nation reach the final of the Under-21 European Championships in 2015, where they lost to Sweden.

The defender is renowned for his strength in the air and should offer further physicality at centre-half – along with some much needed depth to take the pressure of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.

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