Should Leeds challenge Sheffield Wednesday for Frederico Venancio deal?

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Leeds United were beaten to the signature of Frederico Venancio by Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday a year ago.

Frederico Venancio of Sheffield Wednesday hugs a team mate after the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on January 12, 2018 in...

Frederico Venancio was one of the few success stories in a disappointing season for Sheffield Wednesday but it is still not certain that he will be playing his football at Hillsborough next season.

The centre-back endured a slow start to life in the Steel City but ended the 2017/18 campaign as a bonafide fans’ favourite with chants of ‘sign him up’ echoing around Hillsborough during the final day clash with Norwich City.

And supporters could get their wish. It is understood that Wednesday would like to sign Venancio on a permanent basis from Primeira Liga outfit Vitoria Setubal – and a price-tag of just £800,000, according to the Star, makes a deal possible.

Swansea City's English striker Tammy Abraham (L) takes a shot at goal past Sheffield Wednesday's Portuguese defender Frederico Venancio during the English FA Cup 5th round replay football...

The Star adds, however, that Sheffield Wednesday are not the only Championship side who would like to sign Venancio this summer - and this could suggest that Leeds United are on the prowl again.

The Sun (8th May, page 15 of Goals Pull-out) claimed that Leeds were hoping to bring in the 25-year-old last summer and, one year on, The Whites are still in need of defensive reinforcements.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds want a centre-back who is proven in the Championship, with their 2016/17 loan star Kyle Bartley understood to be the top target.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United applauds the travelling fans after the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

But Venancio, in 20 Championship starts for Wednesday, proved that he can thrive in English football and a price-tag of £800,000 would make him far cheaper than Swansea defender Bartley.

It is understood that Venancio would be happy to re-join Wednesday this summer, but that doesn’t mean Leeds shouldn’t at least attempt to sign him again.

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