By Neil Champney

28th Aug, 2020 | 8:05am

Report - Talks 'on hold' in Leeds pursuit of South American danger man

Negotiations between Leeds United and FC Basel for striker Arthur Cabral have been put “on hold”, according to South American outlet UOL

Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte reported recently that the Whites have tabled a bid of around £16.2 million for the 22-year-old.

UOL then supported that story by suggesting that the player’s agents were flying into Portugal to try and broker a deal that would take him to Elland Road.

But it would appear that any potential deal for the player has hit the buffers.

UOL now claim that discussions have been put on ice, citing two main reasons.

Firstly, Basel are keen for the forward’s release clause, understood to be around £17.9 million, to be met before any deal is struck.

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Secondly, there are real doubts over whether or not Cabral would qualify for a work permit in England.

As such, the report states that his agents are now looking at alternative destinations for the hitman.

Truthfully, this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Leeds moving for Cabral has always felt like a bit of a long shot, and that has only been hammered home by Phil Hay’s recent report on the matter.

The Athletic journalist has insisted that the Whites are not actually interested in the player, and that it is his agents are hyping up a move to try and engineer a transfer elsewhere.

This latest update looks to support that report, and from this point onwards it seems incredibly unlikely that Leeds will sign the Brazilian.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want a new centre-back before a friendly match next week.