By Laura O'Leary

7th Dec, 2017 | 5:36pm

Leeds make formal approach for international enforcer, TC given price to seal deal - report

Leeds United have made a formal approach to Sporting Lisbon over the availability of Tobias Figueiredo and have been told that the club want between £2.6 and £3.5million for him, according to a report.

Portuguese outlet Abola reports that the centre-back will be allowed to leave as he has only made four appearances across all competitions for Sporting Lisbon this season.

The centre-back spent last season out of loan at Nacional, where he played 23 times and grabbed a goal.

Figueiredo has mainly featured for Sporting Lisbon’s reserves this season, but has played for Portugal from all age groups between the U-15s to the U-23s.

The defender even represented his country at the 2016 Olympics, playing in every match, up until Portugal’s exit at the quarter final stage.

Football Insider verdict:

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Leeds United fans might be wary at the prospect of Figueiredo arriving at Elland Road after a summer of foreign deals that didn’t all come off. But he is an exciting talent, rated at £3.5m, and has experience of playing at the very highest level, including for his country. They might prefer players that are proven in the Championship, but he might turn out to be another Saiz and with an eye to the future Leeds have to take calculated risks when they’re presented. We think this could be a very smart deal. 

In other Leeds United transfer news, the Whites are eyeing a double January swoop as Christiansen plans to axe this fringe duo.

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