By Danny Wright

21st Mar, 2018 | 2:28pm

Leeds must hijack rivals bid to sign shut-out king after reported failed winter approach


Leeds United’s squad may well need a complete rebuild in the summer after a depressing campaign that seems to be getting worse with each passing week.

The international break has been welcomed by most fans, who are fed up of seeing their side conceding goals left, right and centre.

The Whites have had just three clean sheets in their last 16 games across all competitions and it is a major reason as to why the club cannot seem to buy a win at the moment.

However in the summer, Leeds must go and revisit one of their previous targets and hijack Championship rivals Nottingham Forest and their move to sign Sporting CP enforcer Tobias Figueiredo.

The 24-year-old moved to the City Ground on loan in January and has since become the shut-out king by helping Forest keep three clean sheets in a row and four in total across all seven of his appearances.

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Aitor Karanka has not lost a single game with Figuieredo on the pitch and that should make him an A1 priority for Victor Orta and Paul Heckingbottom to go out and sign in the summer.

Karanka has been quoted by the Nottingham Post as confirming that there is an option-to-buy clause in the enforcer’s deal at the City Ground, as well as saying that he will begin a bid to sign him permanently this week.

Leeds should not stand around and wait though and must approach Sporting CP much like they did in the winter when Portuguese news outlet A Bola reported that the Yorkshire club made a formal approach ahead of the January transfer window, which ultimately failed when he signed for Championship rivals Forest.

It was understood that Sporting CP wanted between £2.6million and £3.5million for the former Portugal Under-21 international, which should be affordable for United.

Since Kyle Bartley’s loan ended last year, Leeds have struggled at centre-back and Figueiredo would be the perfect partner alongside Pontus Jansson as Heckingbottom launches a bit for promotion in 2018/19.

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